Newt Robertson


Contributed by Annette Burdett

Thursday, January 7, 1965


Newt Robertson, 94, a lifelong resident of Freestone County, died January 4, 1965, at Fairview Manor. From 1956 until a month before his death, he made his home with one of his daughters, Mrs. Mae (Harold) Williford.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 5, 1965, at 2:00 PM in the First Methodist Church. The Rev. Billie B. Bonner, pastor, officiated and the Rev. Hal E. McCombs of Tyler, a former pastor and friend of the family read the scripture. Internment was in the Fairfield Cemetery.

Mr. Robertson, or Uncle Newt as he was affectionately known, was born to Charles Franklin Robertson and Martha Mims Robertson on September 12, 1870. He also had a twin sister, Lottie Emmons, who preceded him in death on December 2, 1954. He was married on July 15, 1893, to Miss Fannie Jerusha Claridge who died in 1944.

Mr. Robertson was a member of the Methodist Church and an honorary steward. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World for over 50 years.

Survivors are: two daughters, Mrs. Edna (Joe R.) Parker of Grand Prairie and Mrs. Mae (Harold) Williford of Fairfield; two grandchildren, Joe Newton Parker of Pasadena, Tx.. and Mrs. E. F. McCulley, Jr. of Victoria, Tx.; two great-grandchildren, Joe Dale and Larry Dean Parker of Grand Prairie; one great-great-grandchild, Cathy Deanne Parker of Grand Prairie; a cousin reared as a sister, Mrs. Bill (Lora) Stripling of Tyler and a number of nephews and nieces.

Relatives who lived for a time with the Robertsons and were as sons and daughters to them were Clara Robertson, Riley Robertson, Ethyl Robertson Helms, Rev. John Garrett, Rev. Charles E. Garrett and David Claridge.

Pallbearers were Eddie Snyder, Hugh Harris, Graham Williford, Lewis R. DeSoto, Alton Parker, Lendon Red, J. E. (Son) Lott, Otis Utley, Joel Bonner and Eston Turner.

Capps Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.