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Leroy Robertson

December 22, 1947 ~ September 9, 2018 (age 70)

Leroy Robertson 70 of Benton Harbor, MI transitioned at home. Legacy farewell service will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Israelite Baptist Church, with visitation starting at 11:00 am with service starting at 12:00 noon.

Today, I have the honor of reintroducing you to Leroy Robertson Sr.—better known to many as “Bear”. Born December 22, 1947, in Ripley, TN. Son of Scott and Florence, brother of Beatrice, L.C and Esther, Minnie, James, Jim, Hattie, Johnny, Booker T, Ox T, S.T, Henry. Husband to Ora, Father of ten children, Clarence, Angela (Steve), Dorothy, Leroy(Quatila), Donnell, Stephanie(Andre), Lasona(Paris), Ebony, Starsky&Monique, Tamera. 39 grandchildren of which he raised 7 Marian, Andre Jr, Leroy, Tohana, Brittney, Brian, and Michael. 17 great-grandchildren, friend and storyteller to all else who met him.

We are here today to remember the life and legacy he leaves on this earth.  It was a long and simple life: never complex and always with good, honest intentions. I would like to reflect on the person Grandpa was.  I could stand here for the better part of the day and reminisce about all the stories grandpa was either part of or he told, and for those who knew Grandpa, you understand how long those stories could be. 

We will cover some of those, but overall, I would like to remember the person grandpa was and what he has done for everyone he met. Grandpa was above all else a family man, followed very closely by a storyteller.  He had the ability to have a witty comeback for almost any conversation, something that he definitely passed on to everyone in the family.  You never knew what little pun he had just waiting for the conversation, but you knew there would be one, followed by that smile and laugh you just knew he loved to show off.

For those of you who don’t know one of his favorite songs to sing on Sunday morning was “When you hear of my Home Going” all while cooking Sunday Dinner! Lord knows everybody that knew my Papa knew if he did nothing else he would feed you! He had two favorite sayings “Give me $2  [✌] ” how ironic one of his favorite blues songs was “These Last $2 Dollars”. Another one of his sayings was “This bloodline runs DEEP”!

A family man is a term not appreciated nearly enough these days.  Today, there is more emphasis put on who we are and what we accomplish.  Grandpa thought was the epitome of how great and unselfish it is to put those in your family first. 

Leroy was proceeded into death by both his paternal and maternal parents, His son Leroy Robertson Jr, his brothers and sister Jim, Johnny, Henry, Hattie, Booker T, Ox T, James Sr. and S. T.

 

 

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