“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” II Timothy 4: 7-8.
Reverend Johnnie Jeffery Roberson, 94, of Houston, Texas was born March 27, 1918, in New Gulf, Texas. He passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
This “Great Man of God” was born into the union of the late Felix and Texanna Roberson, and was the third of six children. He confessed his hope in Christ at an early age at Old Bethlehem Baptist Church and was baptized in the creek. He graduated from the Public School System in Wharton County, and afterwards on November 8, 1941 (almost 71 years) he married Elouise Marie Jackson, when after serving in the United States Army where he received an honorable discharge, Dr. J. J. Roberson and wife Elouise settled in Houston, Texas, where he became a Master Barber graduating from Tyler Barber College. He also studied at Southern Business College, Southwestern Seminary, and Texas Southern University and received his honorary Doctor of Divinity from Mount Hope Bible College. Dr. J. J. Roberson said on many occasions that the Lord had been dealing with him and wanted him to preach his word, but he ran from his calling, as the word says, many are called, but few are chosen and after the sickness of his baby brother Ernest Sylvester Roberson in 1957, Dr. J. J. Roberson accepted God’s call into the ministry at Mary Olive Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. A. J. Kemp, where he preached his first sermon.
On January 8, 1958, he founded and organized The Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church with 16 charter members that preceded him in death. The first services were held in the garage of Rev. J. J. Roberson’s home. He Founded and Organized Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. - January 8, 1958; November 19, 1961 he erected a $43,000.00 Sanctuary; in 1982 - Entered new edifice $600,000.00 and burned mortgage simultaneously; in 1992 - Purchase apartment complex with 27 units; March 2007 entered into the J.J. Roberson Family Life Center and December 31, 2007, retired after 50 years of pasturing.
Rev. J. J. Roberson has held many positions during his life time includes Commander of VFW, True Level Lodge #226 F & A M, Eugene Warren Post #471; Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity - President; Independent Missionary Baptist General Association of Texas - 1st Vice President and Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. - Houston, Texas - Founder and Pastor Emeritus.
Rev. J.J. Roberson has touched everyone who knew him with his gratitude for life. His kindness, humor and generosity gave everyone around him a sense of comfort and ease. He was the ultimate man of God and a role model for all. The Memorial Service was held at 7 p.m. Monday, the 16th of July 2012 with the body lying in state from 12 noon to 7 p.m. at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Houston, where the Pastor Max A. Miller, Jr., is to officiate. The Home going Service will be Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. were held at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church 7817 Calhoun Rd. (77033) also. Interment Houston Memorial Gardens Michael O. Davis Funeral Director. Skipper Lee & Sons Eternal Rest Funeral Home.
Reverend Dr. Johnnie Jeffery Roberson was indeed a shepherd who led by faith. Reverend Roberson was an extraordinary man who revealed a strong prayer life, demonstrated great faith as well as courage, and proclaimed God’s vision for his ministry and the church. These attributes, the anointing of God upon his life, and his willingness to sur-render to God’s perfect will made him a Great Man of God who will long be remembered.