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‘Buddy’ Roberson

‘Buddy’ Roberson

Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012 4:00 pm

Odie Leon “Buddy” Roberson, 84, of Hornbeak died 7:05 a.m. May 31, 2012, at Union City Manor Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church in Union City. The Revs. Chip Davis and Charles Southerland will officiate.
Burial will follow in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely.
Friends may call at the church 5-8 p.m. today.
Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Dave Roberson, Randy Shane Roberson, Josh Roberson, Anthony Roberson, Matthew Tippit and Colton Quick.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of the former Reelfoot Lumber Company.
The family requests memorial donations be sent to Wynnburg Baptist Church.
He was born July 16, 1927, in Lake County, son of the late Odie B. and Fannie Odessa (Yates) Roberson. He married Estella (Mathis) Roberson on Feb. 2, 1947. She died March 4, 2011. He was the owner/operator of the former Roberson Brothers Sawmill and the former Reelfoot Lumber Company. The closing of Reelfoot Lumber Company in 2011 ended 98 years in the hardwood lumber industry for the Roberson family.
He was a lifetime member of Wynnburg Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon and Sunday school director. He was appointed to the board of directors of the former Obion County General Hospital in July 1977. He served as chairman of the board of directors for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City from 1986 to 1996. He served on the board of directors of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis from 1987 to 1990. He retired from the hospital board in November 1998. He was a former board of director for Reelfoot Bank. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Donna Roberson of Hornbeak and Randy and Daphne Roberson and Terry and Mary Nell Roberson, all of Union City; his sister, Imogene Ross of Martin; his brother, Thomas Roberson of Hornbeak; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Artie Smith, Lucille Weaver and Alma “Tootsie” Rhodes; and three brothers, Ilar Roberson, Toy Roberson and Carl Roberson.
To view the DVD that is an online tribute, or to leave messages of condolence for the family, visit the funeral home website at

Published in The Messenger 6.1.12

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