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Howard C. “Snookie” Robertson Sr.

Howard C. “Snookie” Robertson Sr.

REEDVILLE—Howard Carter “Snookie” Robertson Sr. of Reedville on December 20, 2023, at the age of 96, transitioned from time into eternity. Snookie was born and raised in Reedville by his parents, Ralph Ryland and Eva Bray Robertson. 

After graduating from William and Mary, he taught physical education and biology at Tappahannock High School. He also coached many sports. After a brief time teaching he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War being stationed in Alamogordo, New Mexico, which he dearly loved. He returned to teaching in Tappahannock after serving and taught for 38 years, living in Tappahannock almost 50 years.

He married his beloved Otelia Rogers from Hacks Neck and had a wonderful 58 years together before her passing. He was also preceded in death by his nine siblings, Paul Revere (Ann), R. “Reds” Lindwood (Alliene), John Ryland (Ruth), Joseph “Snap” Chester (Lucille), Naoma Vanlandingham (Carroll), Ralph Manning (Marie), Eva “Biddie” Robertson Haynie (Warner), Raymond (Rose) and Iona Bliss Robertson. 

He is survived by his children Dorothy “Dottie” Longest, Howard Carter Robertson Jr. (Denise) and Otelia Rebecca “Becky” Robertson. Snookie adored his grandchildren Howard Carter Robertson III (Candace) and Jessie Robertson (Kenny). He was blessed with six great-grandchildren Howard Carter Robertson IV, Aiden, Koby and Harper Robertson, as well as Deaton Warren and Dade Zoldork. 

Snookie dearly loved playing golf with his son, reading a book on World War II and the Civil War, both of which he could recall who won what battle and when. He also loved the Washington Redskins and Western movies. He was fortunate to have married a fantastic cook and he always commented “why would I want to eat at a restaurant when I can get the best meal here at home.” Snookie was blessed with 96 years of fairly excellent health. He got to live in his beloved Reedville in his family home place where he was born on Main Street. 

Visitation was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 30, and the service at noon at Fairfields Methodist Church, Burgess. Interment followed at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville. A reception followed at the church. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Fairfields Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department, or Northumberland County Rescue Squad.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.

Rappahannock Record Staff
Rappahannock Record Staff
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