ROBERTS, WESLEY BROWNLEE (1926 ~ 2007). The following is an obituary for Wesley Roberts, former member of the Texas Legislature. Austin American-Statesman columnist Gardner Selby wrote the article and it was published in the May 30, 2007 edition of the Statesman.
"Former State Rep. Wesley Roberts passed away in Austin on Wednesday afternoon following a long illness. Roberts, 81, represented the 99th district in West Texas from 1957-1963.
In 1965, Roberts moved to Austin and was a familiar figure among lobbyists while representing Southwest Airlines, Entex, the Texas Forestry Association and the Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative. He hosted the legislative roundtable breakfasts at the Driskill, and later the Stephen F. Austin Hotel, a tradition that began in the 1960's and continues.
Roberts served in the Navy during World War II and played football at Baylor. Born in Knott, Texas, he grew up in Andrews and returned there after college where his family ran the Andrews County News and later created Roberts Publishing, which continues to publish newspapers in West Texas today.
Roberts is survived by his wife, Flora, five children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Texas State Cemetery."
Further information is available through the Texas State Cemetery research department.