Remodeled Lake Junaluska gazebo made possible by South Georgia family


Lake Junaluska has remodeled a gazebo along the Francis Asbury Trail, thanks to a generous gift from the family of Larry Roberts, a former  South Georgia minister, in memory of his wife, Myrna Roberts.

For many years the Francis Asbury Trail Gazebo has been a much beloved meditation location along the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail. In recent years the gazebo has fallen into disrepair and improvements were needed. The family of Myrna Roberts saw this need and decided to honor Mrs. Roberts, who passed away in early 2017, by dedicating funds in her memory for the renovation of the gazebo.

“We chose Lake Junaluska as a place to memorialize our mother because it has always been a special place to our family, especially to her,” Ben Roberts, Myrna and Larry’s son, said. “We spent many summer vacations at the lake when we were kids. We all loved this place, none of us more than Mama. She loved living at the lake and welcoming visitors with mountain hospitality. She spent many hours caring for her roses and the many other beautiful plants in her yard. Mama was a giver who always put the needs and concerns of others above her own.”

All are invited to attend a celebration of the recently remodeled Francis Asbury Trail Gazebo at Lake Junaluska on Saturday, July 29 at 6 p.m. Family and friends will gather for a time of reflection and fellowship.

Myrna and her husband, Larry, met at LaGrange College and were married August 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 five grandchildren.

Larry and Myrna retired to Lake Junaluska in 1999 and became active members of the community. Myrna was a dedicated member of the United Methodist Women, the Lake Junaluska Associates and the Junaluskans. She regularly taught Sunday school at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

Because of Myrna’s passion for gardening and walking the lake, the Roberts family chose to revitalize the gazebo on the Francis Asbury Trail. To support the ongoing maintenance of the gazebo, gifts may be mailed to the Lake Junaluska Development Office, PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745. Gifts should be made to Lake Junaluska with “Gazebo Endowment Fund” in the memo line.

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