Memorial service to honor late Chamber director Robertson

Published 10:02 am Friday, March 7, 2014

With Robertson’s recent passing, many have taken the opportunity to reflect on his life and career.

Gay West, Chilton County Extension Coordinator, worked with Robertson on many occassions and like many others was struck by his organizational skills.

“I don’t know how many times he told me he could clean up my office for me,” said West, who admits to having not attained Robertson’s level of organization, not that anyone else has. “He would ask me, ‘What’s the worst thing that could happen if you threw this piece of paper away?’”

Among the things that West credits Robertson with teaching her is the importance of planning and working ahead.

“He was a great manager,” she said.

West introduced Robertson and J. Sam Johnson, who was working on the Chilton Food Innovation Center, a commercial kitchen.

Robertson contributed to the effort based on his food and marketing background.

“I think he had great vision, energy and willingness to share with everyone—just a broad range of experience,” Johnson said. “Another characteristic was his humor. He would always find a way to inject a little humor in everything—even with tough things. It made it a little less difficult.”

Hull and Cecil Woodham, a former manager at the Clanton Alabama Power office, attended church with Robertson and said his strong Christian faith was an inspiration.

“All the way to the end, Mike just said he was ready to go and continually asked our Sunday School class to pray that he would keep his faith. He did that,” Hull said.

Like Hull, Woodham was also on the Board of Directors that originally hired Robertson.

“He believed in a plan and following that plan,” Woodham said. “He was meticulous to take care of every detail.

“He was just a super person. I don’t think you’ll find any person in Chilton County that didn’t love Mike—and respect him even more so.”