Alice Codell Roberts, 69

Published 1:08 pm Monday, December 19, 2022

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Alice Codell Roberts, 69, passed away on December 17, 2022. She is survived by two sons; Bruce Blanton Coates, Jr.,(Lisa Taylor Coates) and Taylor Codell Coates (Amy Lundergan Coates); Five grandchildren, Harrison Miles Ward, Callaway Blanton Coates, Elizabeth Alice Coates, Oliver Codell Coates, and Hutcherson Glenn Coates. Alice is also survived by three siblings, James Callaway Codell III (Jeanne), Hagan Codell (Nelda), and David Williams Codell (Alyson). She is preceded in death by the father of her children, Bruce Blanton Coates; her late husband, Warren Thomas Roberts; and parents, James Callaway Codell, Jr. and Carol Smith Codell. In addition, she leaves behind many cousins, nieces, and nephews that meant so much to her.

Alice graduated from high school at Hannah More Academy; a boarding school outside of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1971. She attended Transylvania University from 1971 to 1975 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. While attending Transylvania University, Alice sang in the school choir. Alice also pledged the Beta Zeta Chapter of the Tri Delta Sorority where she held numerous offices throughout her time at Transy. She remains close to many of her sorority sisters to this day. Alice’s church home from the time she was born was First Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Winchester. From nursery to baptism; youth group to choir, Alice’s love and dedication for her church blossomed at a young age. She was a youth choir director, Chi-Rho, and CYF Leader for many years while her children grew through the church. She loved leading the youth in many Christmas plays, Mother’s Day programs, and musical programs. Alice was a deacon of the church and served on the Administrative Board on multiple occasions throughout her life. Of all her endeavors, nothing meant more to her than singing in the choir at First Christian Church of Winchester. For over 40 years, Alice shined through her tenure in the church choir. She especially enjoyed the camaraderie with all her choir members as they created beautiful music Sunday after Sunday. Alice’s musical gifts also extended to playing handbells. She was a part of the Bells Angels and took great joy ringing the handbells for the church. Alice leaves behind a close group of friends. She will be greatly missed by those whom meant so much to her in both their lives and hers.

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Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 21st from 5pm-7pm at First Christian Church, Winchester and on Thursday, December 22nd from 1pm until the hour of service. The funeral service will begin at 2pm which immediately follows an hour of visitation beginning at 1pm on Wednesday, December 22nd also at First Christian Church, Winchester. Private burial will follow at the Codell Family Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Harrison Ward, Callaway Coates, Eric Hudson, Cody Raney, Ed Mastrean, and Vincent Rosenthal. Honorary Pallbearers are her nephews, James Callaway Codell IV, John Hagan Codell Jr., Morgan Callaway Codell, David Williams Codell Jr., and Patrick Russell Codell.

Rolan G. Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.