Joel Keith Roberts, 43

Joel Keith Roberts, 43, of New Haven, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at U of L Medical Center from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born July 16, 1979, to Beverly and William K. Roberts, the fifth of seven children.

Joel was a gifted mechanic and could somehow breathe life into discarded vehicles. He loved the challenge of turning a “sows ear into a silk purse,” restoring items to usefulness. Joel was a hard worker, whether it be in construction, electrical work, heavy equipment operation, or gardening. There wasn’t much he couldn’t or wouldn’t do. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic but even more for his warmth and friendliness.

Recently Joel completed a program at Isaiah House in Chaplin and was continuing work on his recovery. He was a member of River of Life Community Church in Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Samuel Kennett; two nephews, Emerson and Gage Jolley; paternal grandparents, Jesse and Madeline Avis Roberts; and his maternal grandparents, Samuel Kennett and Mary Bernadine Greenwell Cecil.

Along with his parents he is survived by his five siblings, Rebecca (Spencer) Bickett, John (April) Roberts, Miriam Roberts, Jessica (Chris) Heraldson, and Zachary Roberts; daughter, Trinity Holt; and his beloved dogs, Bella, Lola, and Bitsy.

Cremation was chosen by the family. There will be no formal funeral service.

Expressions of sympathy may be given to River of Life Church or Isaiah House.

Barlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.