J.B. Roberts, Cabarrus County’s longest-serving sheriff, died Monday at NorthEast Medical Center in Concord after battling recent medical problems. He was 96.
Roberts was sheriff for 26 years, from 1956 to 1982. He worked 32 years total at the sheriff’s office.
“The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office has lost a legacy,” current Sheriff Brad Riley said in a statement. “Sheriff J.B. Roberts was the epitome of dedication, loyalty and kindness. I will miss him personally and professionally. Though I never worked for him, he was my friend and he always supported me—for that, I am forever grateful.”
Roberts was president of the N.C. Sheriff’s Association in 1975.
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His family will receive friends at Hartsell’s Funeral Home, 13575 Broadway Ave. in Midland 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bethel United Methodist Church, 12700 Idelbrook Road in Midland. Burial will follow at the Bethel United Methodist Church cemetery.