Larry and Myrna Roberts named Chief Junaluska recipients


Rev. Larry Roberts accepts the Chief Junaluska Award on behalf of himself and his wife, Myrna, who passed away earlier in 2017.

Rev. Larry Roberts and his wife, Myrna (posthumously), were named the 2017 Chief Junaluska recipients during Lake Junaluska Associates Weekend held on Aug. 5.

“Larry and Myrna have given unselfishly to Lake Junaluska through labors of love, time, and gifts, and have been Life Members of the Lake Junaluska Associates for 14 years,” said Rev. Jimmy Pennell, the 2016 Chief Junaluska recipient. “It is a personal pleasure for me to present them with this recognition.”

Myrna and her husband Larry met at LaGrange College and were married Aug. 31, 1958. Larry became a United Methodist minister and served throughout the South Georgia Conference, while Myrna spent most of her career as a bookkeeper. They have three children, Denise Wilson, Julie Bostardi and Ben Roberts, and they have five grandchildren.

Larry and Myrna retired to Lake Junaluska and became active members of the community in 1999. Larry served as Vice President for Membership of the Junaluska Associates as well as the Chair of the Tent Committee, a boat tour guide, a member of the Junaluska Flea Market Committee, and much more. Myrna was a dedicated member of the United Methodist Women, the Lake Junaluska Associates and the Junaluskans.

Since retirement, the Roberts have been involved in the Waynesville First United Methodist Church as Sunday school teachers, members of the Education Committee, volunteers at Community Impact Day, and part of the Annual Stewardship Campaign.

“The Roberts have represented Lake Junaluska as ambassadors beyond the bounds of the Lake Junaluska community,” said Dr. Bob Bowling, Lake Junaluska Associates president. “They have been treasures to the community and Lake Junaluska.”