Alta Faye Roberts
January 8, 1935 - April 10, 2018
Alta Faye was born on January 8, 1935 in the Willow, OK area to W.J. and Lois Carpenter. Being an only child, Faye surrounded herself and formed friendships with her cousins and grandparents. As a little girl in Panhandle, TX, her grandfather would walk her to church every Sunday morning. It was on these weekly walks and visits that Faye discovered her purpose in life and first love… Jesus. These visits, along with her thirst for more knowledge about Jesus, caused Faye to call in as many of her cousins as she could from whatever they were doing so Faye could practice her skill of preaching. Eventually the cousins learned to either listen or hide before she found them. When Faye began her job as a waitress at the Dew Drop Inn Drive-In on the Borger Highway in Panhandle, it was here on September 28, 1950 that Faye would meet her Knight in Shining Armor, LeRoy Roberts. When LeRoy asked fifteen-year-old Faye if he could take her out on a date, little did she know that by the end of the month she would begin a 57 year-long love affair with LeRoy. On October 28th, they would travel to Clovis, NM to marry with her parents traveling along. When asked Faye’s age, she told the truth, and the couple was turned away. Traveling on to Portales, Faye lied about her age, and the happy couple could then begin their life together. In 1952, Faye discovered her next calling in life, becoming a momma. Tanja, Leann, and Tony were the luckiest kids in the world because they got to call Faye, “Momma!” She adored her children and filled her days spoiling them as their Girl Scout leader, spending weekends on the lake, or motorcycle riding. In 1962, Faye rediscovered her love and treasure in Jesus. This reignited a passion in Faye, and she began to do everything she could to learn and know all about the Word of God. From that moment on, getting involved in church was never hard for Faye. When she found that her family members were hungry for the love of God, she started a ladies meeting for her momma and aunts. This soon grew into her daddy and uncles wanting to join, so the meeting was moved to a building on Main St. in Panhandle. Over the years, she would become a worship leader, choir director, Sunday School and Bible College teacher, Hope Crisis counselor, and eventually a pastor and leader of a church. In 1987, Faye obeyed her calling and went into her ministry full time when River Road Fellowship was formed. When you encountered Faye, you would find yourself being welcomed with open arms and an unconditional accepting love like Jesus would give. She brought numerous hopeless souls to discover and accept the grace and love that only a forgiving Father could offer. Her one desire in life was that when you met or spoke of her, you would be able to mention the name of Jesus and His love. Hope and grace from the love of God was what she wanted everyone to see, feel, hear, and deeply know about. When Faye was in her final days, many people recounted that even in their unlovable conditions, she loved them unconditionally and changed their lives forever. While reading Faye’s journals, her children and grandchildren discovered her number one prayer for her family was for them to “grow up good in spite of me, not because of me and for them to know the Lord and trust Him.” In her last days filled with a mind-robbing sickness, she still had a hunger for reading the Word of God and could still remember the sweet words to songs of God’s praises.
She was preceded in death by her Knight in Shining Armor, LeRoy, her precious baby boy, Tony, and her first born grandson, James Evan Luster. Faye’s two beautiful daughters, Tanja Good and Leann Jennings, held their momma’s hand as she got to see the Gates of Heaven open up for her. Faye is also survived by 10 grandchildren that she loved to share walks at the creek, talking about stories of Jesus and the Word of God, prepping many Thanksgiving turkeys, and saving every card or picture they created in their own baby books. Her family also included 26 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. Besides all these family members, numerous cousins, relatives, and friends who all called her “Aunt Faye.”