In Remembrance...Al Roberts

Former WTVY Sports Director Al Roberts passed away Thursday night, December 30th at his home. He was 69-years-old.

This is a place for family and friends of Al Roberts to share remembrances.

Funeral Arrangements for Al Roberts

Sunset Memorial Park
Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC
1700 Barrington Road
Dothan, AL
(334) 983-6604

Albert J. “Al” Roberts, a resident of Dothan passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at a local hospital. He was 69.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 am on Monday, January 3, 2011 at St. Columba Catholic Church with Father Patrick Gallagher officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Robert Byrd directing. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Sunday at the funeral home with a Prayer Service at 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the St. Columba Church Capital Campaign, 2700 W. Main St., Dothan, AL, 36303, or to the Alzheimer’s Resource Center, 1314 Westgate Pkwy, Dothan, AL, 36303.

Mr. Roberts was born February 6, 1941 in Columbus, OH and lived there the early years of his life. He attended the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio and later joined the U.S. Air Force serving for three and a half years. Following his military service he attended Broadcasting School and worked in Defuniak Springs, FL for WDSP. He moved to Dothan in 1972 and worked at WTVY for 34 years until his retirement in 2006 as the Sports Director. Al was a member and Past President of Dothan Kiwanis Club, a Board Member of Alzheimer’s Association, the Red Cross, and the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame, and for 25 years he was a voter for the Heisman Trophy Award. He was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife Cathy Roberts of Dothan; sons, Greg Roberts of Atlanta, GA and Steven Roberts of Biloxi, MS; sisters, Rosemary Simmons (Ted) of Columbus, OH and Peggy Roberts of Columbus, OH; nieces and nephews, Angela Shamell, Rhonda Houston, Paul Haigh, Michele Ritzman, Jill Howard, and Heather Watson; several great-nieces and nephews.

Robert Byrd of Sunset Funeral Home, (334) 983-6604, is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.SunsetMemorialPark.com.

Al Roberts Bio

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Roberts came south to start his broadcasting career in radio in Chipley, Fla., in 1968 and later moved to DeFuniak Springs.

While in DeFuniak Springs, Roberts did the Walton Braves high school tape-delayed broadcasts of their football, basketball and baseball games.

He stayed in DeFuniak Springs until May of 1972 when he was hired by WTVY-TV in Dothan.

His first on-air appearance at WTVY came on the weather, which he did for three months. He was appointed Sports Director in March of 1973.

He was a one-man show for nearly 20 years before Channel 4 hired an assistant. Roberts did the radio broadcasts of Troy State football from 1978 to 1983. In 1984, Roberts and former Troy State head football coach Chan Gailey started the post-game television show on Saturdays. Al wrote, produced and hosted the show.

He is a multiple Alabama Associated Press Award winner for “Best Sportscaster” and “Best Sports Story.”

Statement from WTVY

The WTVY family and the people of the Wiregrass have lost a true local icon tonight.

We are saddened by the news that Al Roberts our friend and longtime sports anchor and reporter at WTVY has passed away.

Al was one of the mainstays here at the station. For almost 35 years we,like our many viewers, were fortunate to have him bring us the sports news of the day.

After retiring in 2006, Al continued to be a contributor to our Friday Night Football coverage.

He told us this fall that he thought it was time for him to hang up his microphone.

We told him we hoped that wasn't the case and that we looked forward to another year of high school gridiron action with him on the sidelines.

While we will miss his one of a kind style, Al will be with us in spirit.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Al's family and we remind them that his life was one well lived and his work made a difference.

We know God will bless the Roberts family during the days ahead.

We miss you already.

-WTVY News 4-


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  • by Theresa Overstreet Location: Dothan, AL on Jan 8, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    I grew up watching Al Roberts on the News channel 4 announcing the sports. My heart and prayers go out to his family and Al will be missed by many viewers.
  • by Jimmy Adams (WTYS) Location: Marianna, Fl on Jan 6, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    I am Very sorry to hear of Al's passing. I worked with Al in Defuniak Springs at WDSP (WGTX) and he was a very nice and helpful person. We will all miss him. I regretfully haven't been in contact in a long time but often thought of him and Cathy.
  • by Eric Location: Dothan on Jan 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    I love you, Al, and you will be sorely missed. God be with you, Al. And His blessings to your family.
  • by Jim Burns Location: Cape Girardeau, MO on Jan 4, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    I have fond memories of Al during my short time at WTVY-TV in 1978-79. He always had fun with his sports reports and I enjoyed his dry sense of humor, especially when we were on the news set together. He offered welcomed advice to a rookie reporter/anchor. I regret not seeing Al in recent years. My sincere condolences to his family.
  • by kim kennedy on Jan 4, 2011 at 03:19 AM
    Dear Dothan and WTVY,I loged on this morning to here the passing of Al,may god be with him,i can still remember to this day seeing and hearing him on WTVY growing up there in Dothan
  • by Paul & Pat Tanton Location: Webb, AL on Jan 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM
    Al was a true professional and had a positve influence on many lives both on and off camera. It was a pleasure to work with him behind the scenes, he always made it fun. His love for his family was awesome and we join with Cathy, Greg and Steven in mourning his passing. God speed my friend.
  • by jame Location: johnston on Jan 3, 2011 at 08:40 PM
    I worked at TVY from 99 to 2001. Al made a great impression on me in that time. He helped me get started in this business and taught me a lot. I am sad to hear of his passing but knowing him as a person he has gone on to a better place. God Bless you Al.
  • by jo anne Location: fla on Jan 3, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    just wanted the familiy of al roberts to know we enjoyed watching him on the news and friday night fever . HE WILL BE MISSD MAY GOD OF PEACE CONFORT you all in this time of need. GBU ALL IN 2011. always remember if we are saved we will see our loved ones again. if u r not CALL ON JESUS GBU . THE BAKER FAMILIY
  • by Terry Grimes on Jan 3, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    Dear WTVY, Just wanted to drop a line and let you know how sad I was to hear of Al's passing. I was editor of The Headland Observer from 1981-1999, and had dealings with Al on many occasions. I hadn't seen him much in the last 10 years or so. The last time I saw him was at the Headland-Ashford football game back in the fall. He had just finished a remote for the 6 p.m. news and I walked up behind him and told him I was sorry, but he's have to move his truck. He spun around quickly and when he saw it was me he burst out laughing. I extended my hand but he grabbed it and pulled me into a big bear hug. We talked a few minutes before I told him I had to get back across the field. I'll always remember the last words he said to me: "Terry, it was great seeing you. Be good, pal." We have lost a treasure. The thoughts and prayers of my family and I are with the WTVY family and Al's family during this time. Be good, Al. Terry Grimes
  • by Sharon Location: Orlando on Jan 2, 2011 at 10:56 PM
    He went to Miami University, not University of Miami--that one is in Florida.
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