William (Bill) Howard Robertson 1921-2011

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it", Psalm 118:24. Bill Robertson, a member of the Royal Family of God ("For ye are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus" Galatians 3:26.), departed this life on Friday, May 13.

He is now absent from the body and present with the Lord. He was born on June 11, 1921, to Harley and Ollie Bunch Robertson, in Elmo, Texas. Bill attended Elmo and Terrell public schools and Texas Military College and was on the high school and college football and basketball teams.

He was in his second year at Texas Military College when World War II started. He quickly joined the Army Air Corps and served in the North African Theatre, flying 40 missions as a bombardier, navigator and nose-gunner in the B26 Marauder. Bill was proud of his service to our country and later retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lt. Colonel.

Bill's education continued after the war, attending SMU, and East Texas State Teachers College, where he received his master's degree in education. His first teacher/coach assignment was in Farmersville, Texas, where he met his future wife, Dorothy Lightsey, the Home Economics teacher.

After moving to Austin, Bill coached junior varsity football and basketball at the "old" Austin High School. He continued and completed his teaching career in the math department at Reagan High School.

Bill was an active member of Berachah Bible Church of Austin and faithfully attended weekly Bible studies. He is predeceased by his parents, brother Harold Robertson, sisters Maxine and Dorothy Jane Robertson, and brother-in-law, William Lightsey. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy, and sons, Rob Robertson (wife, Gayla), Kenny Robertson (wife, Marion) and daughter, Janet Early (husband, Jeff). Also, sisters-in-law, Sue Robertson and Myles Ann Woolard (husband, Mark) and grandchildren, Kenny and Sarah Robertson, Lucas and Anna Early. He is also survived by nieces , Pam Krocak and Valerie Kempken, nephews, Mike Robertson, Mark Woolard, III, Mitch Woolard, and Matt Woolard and their families.

Bill chose to donate his body to science in the furtherance of medical knowledge. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Wounded Warriors, other veterans' organizations or a charity of your choice. A special thanks to Dr. Roberto and our friends at Cedar View Rehabilitation Center for their excellent care of Bill. Also, heartfelt thanks to Marshall Washburn, a God-sent caregiver and friend.

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"Matthew 16:26 "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." II Corinthians 5:21" "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25 "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." Acts 16:31

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from two o'clock in the afternoon until four o'clock in the afternoon, Sunday, the 29th of May at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. A Memorial Service will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning, Memorial Day Monday, the 30th of May at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. A reception will be held after the memorial service at Cook-Walden. Tributes may be made at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com