Mother of soldier killed in Iraq won't lose home

Saturday, July 31, 2010 11:38 AM
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LITHONIA, Ga. - The mother of Georgia's first soldier killed in combat in the Iraq war faced a deadline to move out of her house by Monday but has gotten a reprieve.

Patricia Roberts faced foreclosure on her Lithonia home, where she was raising the child of her slain son, Jamaal Addison. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she learned Friday that attorneys from SunTrust Bank had worked out an indefinite reprieve.

Both Roberts and her mother, Constance Walcott, had lost their jobs. After adopting her son's child, Jamaal II, she learned they would be forced to move.

Under the agreement, she won't have to move while her lawyer negotiates a payment plan that would allow her to keep her home.

The 22-year-old Addison was killed on March 23, 2003, in Iraq.

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NEone
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NEone 07/31/10 - 01:13 pm
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Tumbleweed--My thoughts

Tumbleweed--My thoughts exactly. Why is she living like a victim 7 years after her son died?

upshaw34
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upshaw34 07/31/10 - 01:49 pm
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Things may not be as they

Things may not be as they first seem. If the son was the beneficiary of the 400K, it may be in a trust fund for him and she may not be able to use the money. It is the child's money and not hers.

fyjigmo
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fyjigmo 07/31/10 - 01:47 pm
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It is my understanding from

It is my understanding from another article that the soldier had left the money to his baby's mother, disposition unknown.

upshaw34
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upshaw34 07/31/10 - 01:54 pm
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If that is true, then how

If that is true, then how sad. Boys, beware of who you impregnate. Oh, and why isn't she paying child support then?!?

30cal
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30cal 07/31/10 - 01:56 pm
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SOMETHING smell's.

SOMETHING smell's. TUMBLEWEED seems to be right where did all the money go .seems like close to a half mill.walked off in 9 years

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Sargebaby 07/31/10 - 06:00 pm
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Tumbleweed, the 400K is an

Tumbleweed, the 400K is an elective insurance, it's not automatic. If they sign up for it, they get it. Apparently, he had not signed up for the maximum benefit!

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corgimom 07/31/10 - 09:30 pm
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"Roberts said she has had no

"Roberts said she has had no contact with Little Jamaal’s birth mother. She added that much of her son’s death benefit has been paid to his widow, who has also had no contact with the family."

From Addison's obit- "Addison is survived by his wife, a 2-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.

The wife and the birth mother are two different people.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/01/10 - 03:37 pm
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Oh, and Tumbleweed- Patricia

Oh, and Tumbleweed- Patricia Roberts receives approximately $600 per month for Little Jamaal. She is unable to work because her mother is elderly and suffering from Alzheimer's, so Patricia takes care of her.

Does that answer your question of what she does with the check? The payments on the condo are over $500 per month.

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