Longtime community leader and former Rhea County Commissioner Everett Roberson passed away recently on Friday, Dec. 4. He was 86.
He was born on Nov. 29, 1934, in Old Washington. He was a 1953 graduate of Rhea Central High School, where he was Senior Class President. At the 1957 Strawberry Parade, he saw the 1957 Strawberry Queen, Hazel Brady, who became the love of his life for over 54 years. The two married July 5, 1958, and together raised their three children.
“Everett Roberson’s passing is a loss to Rhea County because he loved Rhea County and promoted it in every way,” State Sen. Ken Yager said. “I shall miss his straightforward style and will cherish the privilege to have known him.”
Roberson was a prominent figure in the Rhea County community and had 60 years of management experience, having been part of major innovations in the apparel business, including being instrumental in developing “pantyhose” during the time he served as Plant Manager of Kayser-Roth Hosiery Company.
While Vice President of Manufacturing at Robinson Manufacturing Company, together with his dear friend and colleague, Jack Robinson, they exponentially grew the business.
Roberson held a Real Estate Broker’s license for over 40 years and was owner of Century 21 Roberson Realty Unlimited. He was a member of River Counties Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
“He was such a good friend to my family for years and years,” State Rep. Ron Travis said. “He was always loyal to family and friends and will be missed by the community. He really was a good man.”
Throughout his life, Roberson was a proud and active community servant for both Dayton and Rhea County and involved in many local organizations including: Dayton Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Rotary, American Legion, Dayton Housing Authority, Rhea County Commission and Finance Committee and the Fire Authority Board.
He was instrumental in founding the Garrison Fire Department and was still participating on the board. Everett served on the Tennessee Veterans Home Board and helped to expand their hospital network.
“Everett was a legend in Rhea County and was involved in so many things throughout his life,” Rhea County Executive George Thacker said. “So many people looked up to him, and I would often call him for advice. The community lost a great man, and he will be greatly missed.”
A private family service ws held Saturday, Dec. 5, and was laid to rest in Buttram Cemetery.