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American Oral ROBERTS

born Granville Oral ROBERTS

American Methodist-Pentecostal televangelist and a Christian charismatic

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on January 24, 1918 in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, USA
Died: on December 15, 2009 in Newport Beach, California, USA


Roberts was born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, the fifth and youngest child of the Reverend Ellis Melvin Roberts and Claudius Priscilla Roberts (née Irwin) (d. 1974). According to an interview on Larry King Live, Irwin was of Cherokee descent. Roberts was a card-carrying member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Roberts began life in poverty and nearly died of tuberculosis at age 17. After finishing high school, Roberts studied for two years each at Oklahoma Baptist University and Phillips University. In 1938 he married a preacher's daughter, Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock.

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