Roberta DiTania Hunter was born on December 28, 1947 in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Robert and Gladys Banks. She was raised in Trevose, Pennsylvania by way of Philadelphia, PA. Roberta attended Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School, and went on to graduate from Bensalem Township High School. Post graduation, Roberta also attended classes at Temple University.
After attending school, she married Willie Bob Hunter, whom he affectionately called “Bert,” or “Berk”. They were married 52 years, and from this union, six children were born: Gladys, Glynett, Robert, Alonza, Willie, and Evalyn.
In 1968, Roberta gave her life to Christ and served him faithfully at the House of Prayer. Play writing was something she seem to do effortlessly. We can recall Christmas in the ghetto where kids had an opportunity to sing together a song like “ You will Know". She also began teaching praise dance to the kids and often joined in as well.
Grandma, “Bert”, or Aunt Bert, as she was called by so many, was employed at the Internal Revenue Service until she retired.
Roberta had many accomplishments throughout her life. To name a few...she was an advocate for welfare rights, which led her to start a nonprofit organization, Help, Housing and Hope. Under this organization, she was able to help many families find housing as well as open
Roberta had many accomplishments throughout her life. To name a few...she was an advocate for welfare rights, which led her to start a nonprofit organization, Help, Housing and Hope. Under this organization, she was able to help many families find housing as well as open food pantries in the Bristol-Levittown area. For many years, she was able to puts smiles on the faces of many children in the community, distributing toys, of which she took great pleasure in doing. Her greatest accomplishment was inspiring future generations to question everything, and to be in love with studying the Bible. She had a way of encouraging children to be proud and confident.
In 1982, she and her husband were one of the first African American families to move into the Red Cedar Section of Levittown, where they endured many hardships in their fight to give their children a better life. At one point, the harassment had gotten so rough that Roberta and Willie went to the local newspaper to try to put a stop to the harassment. During the interview, Roberta let it be known that, “they have to get used to seeing her big, black, beautiful face because she wasn't going anywhere."
Roberta was called home on February 5, 2020 to be reunited with her parents Robert and Gladys Banks and her granddaughter, Sophia Handy. She leaves to grieve her memories her husband, Willie Bob Hunter, three daughters, Gladys, Glynett (Andrew), and Evalyn, three sons, Robert (Corozone), Alonza (Judy), and Willie (Kim). She also leaves to cherish her memories, thirty-five grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild as well as her special daughters Daryl (Semion) and Helen and three special grandchildren.
Homegoing Celebration of Life Service for Roberta D. Hunter will be held on Friday February 14, 2020 at the hour of 11 am at the House of Prayer, 5628 Fleetwing Drie, Levittown, PA.
Final Arrangements Entrusted to Len E. Ellis Funeral Home.
Family Placed Courtesy Announcement by Wrightsville Memorial Funeral Home.
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