In Loving Memory

James V. Roberts, Jr.

April 4, 1958 - January 10, 2019


The Honorable James V. Roberts, Jr. lived a life dedicated to joy at home, justice in the courts and miracles in his faith. Born on April 4, 1958 in Kingstree, South Carolina, Jim demonstrated early in life the high standards he would later inspire in others. He was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Albertville High School, the University of Alabama and the Cumberland School of Law. Jim practiced law in Mobile and Baldwin counties and served as the municipal court judge for the City of Spanish Fort and county conservator for Baldwin County. His dedication to home, justice and faith was particularly evident in the many adoptions he helped facilitate.

Jim is survived in thanksgiving by his wife, Tracy Turnipseed Roberts; children, Robert (Brittany), Steele (Sarah), Jane Allen (Reed), Mary Bourne (James), and Caroline (Tyler Countryman) Roberts; grandchildren, Tucker and Banks Lightfoot, Eli, Emma and Sam Lightfoot, and Annie and Will Hotard; and sisters, Peggy (Greg) Roberts Brown and Beth (Scott) Roberts Cole. Jim was faithfully attended to, and is survived by, his beloved dog, Nick.

A member of Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, Jim was committed to the belief that his illness could be used as a witness to others. He was able to see that witness multiply on a miraculous scale as images of his final father-daughter dance were shared around the world, a private moment that continues to feed the multitude.

Visitation will be held at Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, 6690 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort, on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations that support local adoptions through the Women’s Care Medical Center in Robertsdale or in support of the American Brain Tumor Association in the hope that effective treatment will one day be available for others with glioblastoma.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at  Arrangements by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526.


  1. Ron and Pam Jones

    Mr. Jim helped us on several occasions which we needed advice. He was always kind, compassionate and professional. He was a good man who will be greatly missed. Our sympathy to all the family.

  2. Della Croteau

    Traci and family. I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful, living, Godly man. He was a godsend to
    Me at the time of my husbands demise. I’ll never forget the prayer he sent to the Heavenly Father on our behalf. God Bless you with the peace only HE can administer.

  3. Sally Smith Higgins

    I am so saddened by the passing of Jim Roberts. Prayers for his entire family who I know are exhausted mentally and physically. God had a big plan for Jim Roberts throughout his entire life and now in death.

  4. Karen Weekley

    Tracy, I am praying for strength and comfort in the days ahead for you and all of your family.

  5. Tori and Katrina Coleman

    May God be with you and your family Mrs Hotard.

    Love Tori Coleman

  6. Tammy Ulmer

    Tracy, my heart goes out to you and every family member. Jim was a vessel of the Lord better than any other. He touched my life and the lives of each of my family members ~ and now thousands and thousands are getting to witness his beautiful soul. I could not love him or you more. Thank you for sharing him with the Ulmer family. May God’s peace continue to envelope each of you. In Christ, Tammy

  7. Louisa Huerta

    racy, Mary Bourne, Caroline, Jane Allen, Steele, Robert and your beautiful family,
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss of your “pops” which is what James told me he was called by his kids! And, it breaks my heart that we (Jacob, Beka, Cameron, Christina) will not be able to attend the service today, but please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Though I only got to see Jim twice in the brief time Tracy, Jim and I met and got to know one another mainly through phone calls, messages, social media, I am so happy I had the chance to meet the rest of the family 2 Christmases ago which then led to all of us meeting this past December for our children James and Mary Bourne’s wedding!! It was such a blessing for all of us to now be one extended family!! My family’s regret and sadness is that we did not get the opportunity and privilege to know your dad like my James did!! He really loved and admired him so much!! Your faith is unwaivering, so may God continue to give you strength and peace as your loving “Angel” now watches over all of you!! Much love and Abrazos y besos gigantes to all of you!

  8. Sergio and Alicia Huerta (El Paso, Tx.)

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Sending you our deepest condolences and love.
    Uncle Sergio, Aunt Alicia and cousins❤️

  9. Mario Huerta

    My deepest condolences, to the entire Roberts family, on behalf of your newly acquired friend and family member Mario Huerta Uncle to James and Mary Bourne, as I pray for my wonderful friend Jim Roberts soul , you will always be in my thoughts and prayers my loving friend, as I pray and Hope that one day we meet again and really get to know each other when we both enter the kingdom of God to share the rest of our lives with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for eternity, God bless us all, may your soul rest in peace my beautiful and loving friend Jim Roberts, Loving You Always, Uncle Mario

  10. Kaye Bernheim

    Tracy and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss! It was an honor for me and Peter to meet you at Becca’s wedding. That meant the world to her and Nick. You and your family have made such a positive impact on Becca! Please know that our prayers are with all of you!
    Kaye Bernheim

  11. Clay Swanzy

    Dianne joins me in sending sincere condolences for your loss. Jim was well respected
    and liked by all. What a wonderful legacy. Hugs to you and all your family.
    Clay Swanzy

  12. Margaret Mangham

    Our love an prayers are with you, Tracy, and all of your family. Jim left a powerful witness.

  13. Kate Patton

    May God hold James in the Palm of His hand.

    My heartfelt condolences for your loss.


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