Raised on a sharecropper farm outside of Gould, Arkansas, Dr. Tommy Gibbs Roebuck and his younger siblings were always encouraged by their parents and older brother to seek a college education.

Raised on a sharecropper farm outside of Gould, Arkansas, Dr. Tommy Gibbs Roebuck and his younger siblings were always encouraged by their parents and older brother to seek a college education.
After graduating from Gould High School, Roebuck attended Arkansas A&M College, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello. It was the beginning of a long journey to a very successful career as a dentist, U.S. Army Colonel, Arkansas State Legislator and active community volunteer.
Recently, in recognition of his outstanding career contributions, Roebuck was named UAM’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.
“As a country farm boy from rural Arkansas, this honor means so much to me. A&M gave me, as well as seven other members of my family, a start that helped us achieve our goals. I will always be grateful for the many opportunities I was given,” said Roebuck.
Dr. Roebuck gives highest credit to Kenneth Sandifer, his biology professor and Dr. W.C. Hobgood, his zoology professor. Both encouraged him to enter dental school. He graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 1962 and was named UT Dental School Distinguished Alumnus in 2010.
While at A&M, in 1955, Roebuck joined the Army National Guard to help pay his college tuition. He retired 42 years later - in 1997 - as a Colonel after serving as Commander of the 4005th Dental Detachment in Houston, Texas and Commander and Dental Surgeon of the 807th Medical Brigade. He was activated during Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991. During his time in the U.S. Army, Roebuck received numerous awards and medals, including the National Defense Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
After graduation from dental school in 1962, Roebuck set up a dental practice in Arkadelphia where he practiced for 40 years. He served as President of the Arkansas State Dental Association and was acting Executive Director in 1996. He was Delegate to the American Dental Association and served on the Council for Governmental Affairs and Federal Dental Services. He was named a Fellow of American College of Dentists, Fellow of International College of Dentists and member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He was named by Governors Frank White and Bill Clinton to the State Health Coordinating Council and served as Chairman of the West Arkansas Health System Agency. He served two terms on the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families Board of Directors.
As a member of the Arkansas General Assembly for three terms, Roebuck chaired the Legislative Joint Audit Committee and received many honors for his work. He was named Legislator of the Year by many groups including the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Counseling Association and the Community Health Centers of Arkansas.
After leaving the Legislature, Roebuck has continued to be active with the Democratic Party serving as Chair of the Clark County Party for eight years and currently representing the Fourth Congressional District on the Democratic Party of Arkansas Executive Council as well as the DPA State Committee. He was named the Harold Jinks Democrat of the Year in 2014.
Dr. Roebuck has been active in the Arkadelphia community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Arkadelphia Housing Commission, the Henderson State University Development Team and the Clark County Economic Development Commission Advisory Board. He is a member and former Deacon of First Baptist Church in Arkadelphia.
Dr. Roebuck is married to Dr. Johnnie Jones Roebuck and they are the proud parents of five children – Donna Roebuck Williams of Dallas; Keri Roebuck Fitzgerald of Los Angeles, Calif., Jeff Sheeler of Little Rock, Jason Sheeler of New York and the late Wade Roebuck. They have six perfect grandchildren.