Roosevelt Westbury



Roosevelt Westbury, 93, formerly of Old Fort, NC, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 25, 2018 at The Palmettos Assisting Living in Murrells Inlet, SC. He was born on March 14, 1925 in Holly Hill, South Carolina to the late Arthur & Leslie Shepherd Westbury.

Along with his parents, Roosevelt is asleep in Christ along with his wives, Catherine O’Dell Randolph Westbury & Lonnie Sue Hamilton Westbury; his sons, Eric Arthur Westbury & Eddie Tyrone DeWeaver; his sisters, Inez Brewster, Hazel Benbo, & Annie Mae Westbury; as well as his brother, Johnny Westbury.

Roosevelt was a veteran of WWII and was in the United States Navy. Following his honorable discharge, he went on to become a successful electrical engineer working for ITT as a missile launch supervisor at the Vanderburgh Air Force Base in California for over 25 years. In his free time, Mr. Westbury enjoyed fishing, sports, hunting, boxing, cars, electronics, singing, he was a stereo and audio phonic enthusiast and builder, enjoyed metal working, wood working and playing basketball and sports with his family and the neighborhood children. He also loved working with his hands building furniture, loved to grill, loved to do home maintenance and was a regular, “Mr. Fix-It.” A community role model and an adored man. Following his conversion to Christ, Roosevelt liked to study the Bible, always supported Evangelism and loved to participate in activities related to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ as well as the Seventh-Day Adventist Church community. Above all else, Mr. Westbury loved his family and will be missed for his cheerful, loving demeanor as well as his infectious smile, laughter and sharing of his love for Christ.

Left to cherish Roosevelt’s memory are his children, Felice Leslie Westbury White and her husband, David “Doctor” of Whiteville, NC, Rocky Westbury and his wife, Michelle of Lompoc, CA, Candace Duryea Hunter of Oakland, CA, & Monica Ford and her husband, Charles of Nipomo, CA; his grandchildren, Javon, Jacqui, David, Christopher (CL), Eric, Chuckie, Chloe, Steven, Christopher (CJ), Roquelle, Benjamin, Katriel, Kade, & Caris; his step-grandchildren, Eddie, Emil, & Timmie; 7 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, a large loving extended family as well as many supportive friends, neighbors, his church & community.

A Celebration of Roosevelt’s life will be held on Thursday October 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM at The Palmettos Assisting Living, 9415 Frontage Road, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Burial will be held on Friday October 19, 2018 at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 962 Old Us Hwy 70, Black Mountain, NC 28711 at 2:00 PM.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roosevelt’s name may be made to your local church’s Evangelistic Programs.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to Caris Hospice staff, The Palmettos Assisted Living Facility and staff, Old Fort SDA Church of North Carolina, Marion North Carolina SDA Church, Lompoc California SDA Church, Santa Maria SDA Church as well as everyone who has taken their time to offer comfort and support to the family during this difficult time.

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Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, SC (843.651.1440) is assisting the family.