Edward Dale Robertson ’49

Edward Dale Robertson, age 94, of Brownsville, Texas, died Thursday, June 29, 2023. Ed was born to Josephine Crow and Hugh Robertson in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, on August 7, 1928. He and his family moved to San Benito, Texas, in 1930 when Hugh Robertson became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Ed attended San Benito High School and the University of Texas at Austin. As a junior, he transferred to Davidson College, North Carolina, where he graduated in 1949. He remained an avid Longhorn and Wildcat fan his entire life. He returned to Austin and received his Master’s of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1952.

Ed married Joyce Hennig on January 29, 1952. They sailed to Scotland to attend classes at St. Andrew’s College and toured Europe by bicycle.

Ed served churches in Fredericksburg, Natalia, Port Lavaca, Austin, and Brownsville. He also served the church in San Benito where his father served in the 1930s. Along with his beloved pastoral duties, he enjoyed leading youth camps at Mo-Ranch and Montreat and youth mission trips to Mexico. Ed also served the community by his work with the Lions Club and the Salvation Army. He loved being a football referee and officiated football games in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, and Tampico for more than 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Joanne Matthews. He is survived by his wife Joyce, his children Dale and Melissa of San Benito, Katherine and Genie of Austin, Sally of Austin, and his grandchildren Chris, Rachael, Courtney, Alexa, Josh, Elena, Kirsten, Heather, Jordan, and Claire. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Levi, Van, Lucas, Aidan, Arthur, and Sienna, his brother-in-law James, his sister-in-law Sharon, and beloved nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made as Tribute Gifts to Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly or First Presbyterian Church Brownsville.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”John 14:3