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Former Longview mayor dies

Meredith Earl Roberts, Jr. Meredith Earl Roberts, Jr.

Longview residents are mourning the loss of a former mayor who died Thursday after a brief battle with cancer.

Earl Roberts Jr. was mayor from 2001 to 2003. Before that he served as City Attorney from 1962-1984. Roberts has been closely involved with the city most of his adult life, so much so that present Longview Mayor Jay Dean sought out his advice before running.

In a November City Council meeting, a Longview baseball field was named in his honor.

Recently, Roberts worked on the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee as chairman, until he resigned due to illness. The committee is charged with mapping out long-term plans for the city.

Roberts was 77 years old.

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