Robertson, Robert Lytle

Tennis Champion Involved In Real Estate, Construction

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Robert Lytle "Peck" Robertson, 86, of Signal Mountain died Friday, March 26, 2004 at Alexian Village Health Care Center.

Born in Murfreesboro, TN, Mr. Robertson was an Eagle Scout and an avid tennis and golf player. He played competitively throughout his college and early married years and captured city championships in both sports. He never gave up his love for these sports, but as his children grew, he gave up weekly play to spend more time with his family.

Mr. Robertson graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BA degree in Political Science in 1940, and then began pursuing a degree in law at Vanderbilt University. In 1941, he left law school to serve in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He served as a Lieutenant Commander on two destroyers, the USS Niback in the Atlantic and the USS Burns in the Pacific earning 11 battle stars.

After the war, he completed his law degree at the University of Virginia. In 1947, he moved to Chattanooga to work for Real Estate Management Company, a real estate management, insurance, and mortgage loan business. He continued in these related fields for the remainder of his business career. In addition, he started R.L. Robertson Construction Company, Highland Building Company and various other entrepreneurial endeavors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Robertson of Murfreesboro and his sister, Louanna Holloway (Mrs. W.W. Holloway, Jr.) also of Murfreesboro.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Rosemary Miller Robertson, of Signal Mountain, TN; daughter, Amy Robertson Decosimo and her husband R. Frederick Decosimo, Signal Mountain, TN; son, Thomas Austin Robertson and his wife, Jane Rotureau Robertson, Cleveland, TN; 8 grandchildren, Margaret Rachel Decosimo, Robert Barton Decosimo, Kate Alexander Robertson, Eleanor Lytle Decosimo, Carey Holland Robertson, William Frederick Austin Decosimo, Rosemary Louanna Decosimo, and Anne Louise Robertson; and a niece, Andrewena Holloway (Mrs. M.T. Jr.) Taylor, Franklin, TN.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Family will receive friends in the church connector at First Presbyterian Church 3-3:30 p.m. with funeral services 3:30 p.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Ben Haden officiating and the Rev. Steve Wallace and Pastor Ken Camp assisting.

The family wishes to acknowledge God’s grace and care as demonstrated through many friends and the wonderful caregivers and staff at Alexian Village Health Care Center throughout Mr. Robertson’s extended illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to Changed Lives, 1200 Mountain Creek Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405; Alzheimer’s Association, 735 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402; or Messianic Ministry to Israel, Inc. 744 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.



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