Ellis Lee Roberson

Ellis Lee Roberson

Dickerson, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 11 Oct 2011 (aged 83)
Walkersville, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row L, Lot 26, Site 4
Memorial ID 78489607 · View Source
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- William Edgar Roberson [1884-1960]
- Ruth Margaret (Tobery) Roberson [1896-1983]

Married Barbara Ann (Thompson) Roberson in 1951

- Kevin Ellsworth [1957-1957]
- Wayne
- Larry
- Warren
- Gwenda

Roberson Plumbing
The Frederick News-Post - April 30, 2007

DICKERSON -- Ellis Roberson is in a unique position. At 78, he's still in charge of a 100-year-old plumbing business started by his father, William Roberson. His wife keeps the books and their three sons are out in the field installing as many as 16 bathrooms in such affluent areas as Potomac.

The offices of Roberson Plumbing, Inc. are in a large white house on a hill on Dickerson Road, spread out in what was once a screened-in porch. This was the home of Ellis Roberson's parents where, he boasts, he was born and raised.

He redid the house 20 years ago and confesses that if he could start over, he'd choose to be a contractor.

"I built six houses," he said, "but it got too expensive to build. It was a hobby."

"This is strictly a family business," he said, although he no longer goes out on jobs. Sons Wayne, Warren and Larry travel around doing the installations.

The four family members have more than 300 years of experience, said Ellis, who has been in the plumbing business for 57 years.

Ellis believes in learning by doing.

"You have to work your hands to do plumbing work. You can't learn it out of a book. It takes doing it to learn it. You have to travel and get out and meet the customers. It takes a unique person to do it."

There's no comparison between the sleek, water-saving fixtures the family installs now and what was available when Ellis learned by watching his father and uncle. William and Howard Roberson walked to Dickerson from Barnesville to start Roberson Bothers Plumbing in a two-story blacksmith shop next to the big white house.

He remembers watching his dad and uncle shoe horses.

"I have two or three anvils and a forge. There are still a few around, but they're not called blacksmiths any more."

When his father bought the house, he said, someone sat in a tower out front 24 hours a day to switch the double train tracks.

Two quarries where people came to swim are still in Dickerson, but a two-story grocery across the road from his house burned down around 1932. As a small child watching the blaze, Ellis said the only thing he could think about were the Hershey candy bars he bought there.

A large bowl of Hershey candy kisses sits on his desk.

He also remembers when a high school that was converted to an elementary school burned down.

"It was the last one-room school in Montgomery County."

Building inspectors weren't around in those days, he pointed out.

When he graduated from Poolesville High School in 1947, "there were 19 in the class and three of us were cousins.

"Most of the kids were farm boys," he said, but that's not true any more either.

This area of Montgomery County is covered by 25-acre per home zoning and the population hasn't increased much over the years, he said.

"There are not more than 500 more people than when I was a kid. The flavor of the town has changed very little."

Hilton Funeral Home - October 13, 2011

Ellis Lee Roberson, 83, of Frederick, passed away on October 11, 2011 at Glade Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation.

He was the husband of the late Barbara Ann Roberson, his wife of 60 years.

Born September 28, 1928, in Dickerson, Maryland, he was the son of the late William and Ruth Tobery Roberson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Roberson.

He is survived by four children, Wayne & wife Janice, Adamstown, MD; Warren of Frederick, MD; Larry & wife Robin, Adamstown, MD; and Gwenda of Frederick, MD. He will be missed greatly by his seven grandchildren, Kristofer & wife Kristin, Kyle, Lacey, Kristen & husband Dan, Megan, Kory & Konnor.

He took over the family business, Roberson Plumbing, in 1953. He was the first PTA President of Monocacy Elementary School and PTA President of Poolesville High School. He served as Sunday school superintendent and teacher at Dickerson United Methodist Church, served as Board Chairperson at Buckeystown United Methodist Church and received the Melvin Jones Award and Life Membership from the Yellow Springs Lions Club. In previous years he served as President of the Carroll Manor Lions Club.

The family will receive friends on Friday October 14th from 4-8pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD where funeral services will be held on Saturday October 15 at 11am. Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ellis' name to the Buckeystown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 399, Buckeystown, MD 21717 or a charity of your choice.

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