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Jimmie Robertson

Jimmie Dale Robertson – or Jim as we all know and love him – passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the age of 80. He died peacefully of natural causes at his home in Flowood, MS with his wife, daughter and son by his side. We celebrate his life and that he now is with our Lord in the presence of Christ, and we welcome now His Holy Spirit to be with us as we mourn yet celebrate his next step in this Christian life.

Jim was born to the late Roland Burleson and Nellie Vowell Robertson in Taylorsville, MS on April 10, 1939. He was brought up in a Christian home surrounded by the closeness and love as found only in a large family and country living on The County Line. He was a man of grit and hard work displayed as an athlete for the Taylorsville High School Tartars. He went on to play college football for the Jones Junior College Bobcats in a period when toughness was an understatement. He served honorably in the U.S. Army including a tour of duty in Europe before entering the world of business in sales and advertising. Later in his career, he fulfilled his longtime wanderlust and adventurism to see the vastness of the United States as an American long line-hauler.

Jim was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend Shirley Nobles Robertson whom he had known since grammar school and lovingly said he gave up 35 years of bachelorhood to marry his sweetie. He delighted in his children and grandchildren, and never missed an opportunity to share stories about them. Jim’s life centered on family, and he was the husband, father, grandfather, brother and favorite uncle who brought us together for the sweet simplicities of dominoes at the dining room table or laughter, storytelling, talk about the Saints and/or politics under the shade of a pecan tree. As Jim once said, success and riches are measured in the wealth of family one has around them. Jim loved life because he loved us, his family, and for that last charge and reflection on what truly matters in life, we love him.

Jim is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Shannon (Steve) Phipps; son, Jake (Shannon) Robertson; the mother of his children, Elayne McMurtray; 4 grandchildren, Dawson Andrews, Brett Robertson, Savannah and Sean Austin Phipps; his wife’s daughter Dovonia (David) Richey and their son Paul David Richey; sister, Ruby Lee (Doug) Stockton; brothers Dr. R.B. (Janie) Robertson Jr., Kenneth (Mary Lou) Robertson, Bill (Jan Marie) Robertson, Dr. Howard (Elizabeth) Robertson and countless beloved family members as we know only here in the watermelon-friendly silt and clay loam soils of Smith County.

Visitation and service will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Colonial Chapel in Taylorsville, MS followed by burial at the Fellowship Cemetery. Reverend Frankie Clark will officiate the service. Visitation will be from 12:30-2:00 pm with the funeral service starting at 2:00 pm. A memorial donation may be made in Jim’s name to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice.


Jimmie Robertson
April 10, 1939 - October 26, 2019




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