Lewis Coleman Robertson, 88, of Indianola and formerly of Columbus, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at his home.
Mr. Robertson was born Sept. 23, 1931, in Tuscaloosa County, Ala. and was one of ten children born to Lonzo and Della Driver Robertson. He worked with his father as a farmer and forester until enlisting in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict. While in the military, he received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was later employed by Wilcutt Block & Supply in Tuscaloosa until he transferred to Columbus in 1972, operating Wilcutt Block & Supply there until his retirement in 1997.
In addition to his work, his church was of utmost importance. Having become a Christian at the age of 38, his intent was to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. Along with four other families, he assisted in establishing Victory Freewill Baptist Church and Victory Christian Academy in Columbus. He was faithful in his ministry to the Lord, his family, and his fellow man. Much of his free time for the next 40 plus years was spent in the ministry of the church and the school.
He loved sharing his home in the country with family and friends. Many happy days were spent there with his children and grandchildren. They fished, hunted, watched the European Red Deer, and visited the Indian Field and creek where two different Indian tribes had lived in the 700/800s. For ten years, he offered Mill Creek Place as a haven of rest to people coming from across the country to a nearby special brain injury treatment center. One year visitors came from 22 states and three foreign countries. Uncle Bunky Williams, a local and well-known artist and personality, painted a 60-foot mural of the property on the front of the building. Endearing friendships were made during those ten years.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by his wife, Elma Rae (Kitty); two daughters, Constance (Connie) Atalla and Carmon Roberts; three brothers, Eulie, Winston and Edward Robertson; and three sisters, Mildred Hudson, Hildred Johnson, and Dotty Robertson.
Mr. Robertson leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of twenty-five years, Marjorie; one brother, Marshall (Nell) Robertson; two sisters, Trudel (Trudy) Hickman and Linda McAteer; sister-in-law, Mavis (Winston) Robertson; three grandchildren, Neville (Trey) Parsons III, London Roberts and Amber Holt; four great-grandchildren, Madson and David Coleman, Caden Holt and Veda Parsons; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Friday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus. A funeral service followed at 11 a.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Al Hamm officiating. Interment was at 1 p.m. in Sardis Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, Elrod, Ala. with Lowndes Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers were Jim Harrell, Kevin Harrell, Jerry Tilley, Ronnie Smith, Scott Whitehead and Gene Colley. Honorary pallbearers were the men of Victory Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Victory Freewill Baptist Church or Victory Christian Academy, Columbus or to a favorite charity.