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Walter Earl Robertson Jr.

August 1, 1935May 12, 2020

Walter Earl (Walt) Robertson, Jr., age 84 of Hickory, NC passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory surrounded by his family. Walt was born in 1935 in Anderson, SC. He was the son of the late Earle and Dorothy Robertson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Vera Hall. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, he graduated from Clemson University in 1963 and worked as an Electrical Engineer for the General Electric Company. First for GE/NASA in southern Mississippi testing the Saturn V rockets that went to the moon and later at the GE transformer plant in Hickory, NC designing production control systems that he helped install in GE plants around the world. Walt retired from General Electric after 30+ years of service. Walt was a faithful member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany for 47 years. In his retirement, Walt became a full time farmer, gardening and raising cows and horses. He was a lifelong outdoorsman and always accompanied by one of many trusted dogs. He and his wife Zoe loved training and showing horses. Walt is survived by his wife, Zoe Robertson; sister, Betsy (Bill) Harrison; son from his first marriage to Marlene, Robby (Kelly) Robertson; daughter, Sabrina (Trey) Robinson and their children, Carter and Anna. A private graveside service will be held at the Old Silverbrook Cemetery in Anderson, SC on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. A public celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, PO Box 270, Newton, NC 28658.


  • Private Graveside Service

    Sunday, May 17, 2020


Walter Earl Robertson Jr.

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Betty Reid

May 17, 2020

Dear Zoe and Family,
I'm sorry to hear about Walt. I really enjoyed working with him at GE and seeing both of you at my GE reunions. He was a gentle and kind co-worker. He was a joy to be around because he was so full of life. I will always the remember the trick he pulled on me on the airplane! I know he is going to be missed. May God help and keep you in your sorrow.
Sincerely yours,
Betty B. Reid


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