|Birth: ||Jan. 25, 1919|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 2009|
ODESSA - Verna Belle Robertson left her earthly life and began her eternal life on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.
Verna Belle was born on Jan. 25, 1919, into the loving home of Will and Samantha Blair. She was the 10th of 13 children blessed to this couple. Her earliest memories included attending the local Baptist church with her family and listening to her mama play the organ.
Verna married her childhood sweetheart, Fred Robertson on Dec. 29, 1934. Fred and Verna were blessed with a son, Freddy Glen; and a daughter, Gladys Jane. Verna and Fred pastored churches in Rotan, Colorado City, Brownwood and Odessa. They also served as district supervisors over churches in the Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico areas. During the summer of 1977 Verna and Fred both completed their doctorate of divinity degrees in Washington State. People who knew them rarely knew of their accomplishments. They valued their intimate relationship with Jesus as more important than earthly accolades. Fred and Verna trained and mentored many ministers, several who are still active in churches and foreign missions. After Fred's death in 1980, Verna took over as pastor of Tree Of Life Church in Odessa. She faithfully and wonderfully led the congregation until her retirement in April of 2003. Under her leadership many changes occurred including the beginning of the church orchestra. Verna dearly loved music and played the piano, organ, accordion and guitar. She enthusiastically encouraged others to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
She also loved to sing and blessed the congregation often with solos and duets with Fred. Verna loved her family, and everyone she had the privilege to know she claimed them as her family. Most of all Verna loved her Lord and Savior and dearly loved introducing others to Him. "I love to tell the story; 'tis pleasant to repeat, what seems each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet. I love to tell the story, for some have never heard, the message of salvation from God's own holy Word." Verna lived the words of this song until God called her home.
Verna was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Samantha Blair; her husband, Fred Robertson; her son, Freddy Robertson; her brothers, Jim Blair, Jeff Blair, Ramon Blair, Bill Blair, John Blair and Ralph Blair; her sisters, Bessie Glasgow, Lydia Robertson, Frances Greathouse, Samantha Robertson and Eudell Patterson.
Verna is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Art Jarratt of Odessa, Texas; her daughter-in-law, Dora Sue Robertson of Davis Okla.; her brother, Curtis of Robert Lee, Texas; her grandchildren, Kristi Franklin of Davis, Okla., Bob and Landra Bell, Barbara and Danny Tyler, Jon and Jennifer Jarratt, all of Odessa, Texas, Joe and Denise Bell of Midland, Texas, Troy and Joanna Bell of N. Wilkesboro, N.C., and Smady Cohen of Abilene, Texas; 13 wonderful great-grandchildren; and many precious relatives and church family.
The family would especially like to thank Compass Hospice for their exemplary care and love bestowed to Verna and her family. We also want to thank Parks Methodist Retirement Home for their caring staff during Verna's physical therapy and respite care.
The family will be receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at the Tree of Life Church in Odessa located at 1325 E. Fourth St. with services to follow at 7 p.m. at the church. A second funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at the Robert Lee Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Robert Lee Cemetery. Her grandsons Bobby Bell and Jonathan Jarratt will officiate both services. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home of Crane.
An online quest book can be signed at www.shaffernichols.com.
Published in Odessa American on November 10, 2009
William Franklin Blair (1875 - 1941)
Samantha Jane Moore Blair (1884 - 1972)
Joseph Fredrick Robertson (1917 - 1980)*
Fred G. Robertson (1936 - 1999)*
James Francis Blair (1901 - 1964)*
Jeff Davis Blair (1902 - 1988)*
Bessie Blair Glasgow (1904 - 1943)*
Raymond Blair (1909 - 1992)*
Frances Blair Greathouse (1910 - 1997)*
William Franklin Blair (1913 - 1997)*
Samantha Ann Mae Blair Robertson (1914 - 2007)*
John Sampson Blair (1917 - 2001)*
Verna Belle Robertson (1919 - 2009)
Pearl Eudell Blair Patterson (1921 - 1990)*
Jesse Ralph Blair (1923 - 1994)*
Joseph Curtis Blair (1926 - 2013)*
Robert Lee Cemetery
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Nov 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44327484