Roberta Doggett Lochte-Jones

November 26, 1925May 6, 2018

Roberta Doggett Lochte-Jones passed away on May 6, 2018 surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born on November 26, 1925 in Morristown, TN. Her family eventually moved to Nashville where she attended Parmer School and Hillsboro High School. Roberta attended Randolph Macon College and Sophie Newcomb College where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, graduating with the BFA.

She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Belle Meade Country Club, Centennial Club, Friday Literary Club, Brooke Meade Garden Club, Horticultural Society of Middle TN, and Winter Harbor Yacht Club. She served on the boards of Cheekwood, Alive Hospice, The Hermitage, and Belle Meade Plantation.

In 1965 Roberta was instrumental in launching, designing and implementing Cheekwood’s "Trees of Christmas" exhibit which became one of Nashville's most beloved and popular traditions. It provided a cherished educational experience for school children and adults of Middle Tennessee. The set and costume designs Roberta created for the Nashville Children's Theatre over the years from its formation through its flourishing into a cherished institution were treasures for countless imaginations in this city.

Never resting on her laurels, she immersed herself in The Swan Ball which became Nashville's premier social event from its inception in 1962. Surrounded by her loyal ‘sorority’ of great artists and talented volunteers, Roberta worked tirelessly to make her magic and design a reality for decades. She traveled the world to gain firsthand knowledge and research, ensuring total authenticity in each successful design. From Monet Gardens, to Jade Pagoda, to Tiffany Stained glass, to Arabian Nights, to Opryland, to Midnight in Paris, a beautiful tapestry was woven in Roberta's tenure of excellence. This labor of love produced world-renowned decor and lighting designs which were honored by event committees in New York, Palm Beach, New Orleans, Bar Harbor, Atlanta and London that often acquired parts of the sets to use at their functions. She received The Swan Award. Her success was credited to a ‘recipe of attention to detail, elegance, glamour and authenticity.’

Roberta is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Samuel Doggett and Annie Kate Weesner Doggett; and husbands, Henry F. Lochte and Orrin L. Jones. She is survived by her sister, Jane Davis Doggett of Hobe Sound, FL; son, Bob Lochte (Kate) of Sun City Center, FL; daughter, Camille Lashlee (David) of Stewart, TN; granddaughters, Melanie Lashlee Adams (Todd Smith) and Aimée Lashlee (Matthew Carney) both of Nashville, TN; great-granddaughter, Hayden Adams of Nashville TN; and step-son, David Jones (Lesley) and his children, Kendal and Cole, all of Nashville.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at 11:00am at Westminster Presbyterian Church (3900 West End Ave. Nashville) with interment to follow in Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday evening at Mount Olivet Funeral Home from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30am until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be given in memory of Roberta to Alive Hospice (Nashville, TN) Cheekwood (Nashville, TN) or Schoodic Arts for All (Winter Harbor, ME). Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Roberta Doggett Lochte-Jones

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Ernie & Dawn King

May 15, 2018

Ernie and I are so deeply saddened by this news. Roberta was a true southern Bell and a lady through and through. I loved hearing her stories of her youth. She was a very special lady and she will be missed by many. Rest In Peace beautiful lady we will miss you.