PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Artist Marlin Miller has spent months carving sculptures along the South Mississippi Coast line. His latest sculpture honors the life and legacy of a South Mississippi father, friend and American hero.
"He walked his talk. Some people can walk a good sermon. Dad's life was the sermon," said Sally Ann Roberts of her father, Lawrence Roberts.
Family, friends and a community of supporters are honoring the life and service of the late Colonel Lawrence Roberts. Roberts was a devoted husband, father and one of the brave Tuskegee Airmen.
"We feel very, very blessed to have a father who was a pioneer, to have the Tuskegee Airmen being honored for their pioneer work," said daughter, Dorothy Roberts.
A 25-foot eagle sculpture is now at the center of Pass Christian's Warr Memorial Park in honor of the colonel.
"It's kind of neat to know that this thing is going to be here for a long-long time and people can walk by here and take pictures of it everyday," said sculptor Marlin Miller.
Miller spent countless hours, carving the eagle as a tribute to the airman's commitment, dedication and hard work.
"Just the whole mentality behind what an eagle represents, I think is very fitting for colonel Roberts and his service to the country," said Miller.
Colonel Roberts' widow, Lucimarian, says she is pleased with the sculptor's work.
"Isn't his talent amazing and the fact that he's willing to share it," said Mrs. Roberts.
Roberts says her family spent a lot of time in Warr Memorial Park. She also says her family is honored by the sculptor's gift.
It's a gift they say exemplifies the legacy of an American hero.
"He was a man of the community, and he would be very pleased that it's here in this park," said daughter Robin Roberts. "Warr Memorial Park is for all the veterans, for all those who continue to put their lives on the line for our freedom."