Burnsville – James Kenneth Robertson, 89, of Robertson Street passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, at his home after a lengthy illness. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late W. Z. and Sally Lou Banks Robertson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Vinita Penland Robertson, his son, Bascom Dudley Robertson, and his brothers, Merritt and Lee Ray Robertson. A World War II U.S. Marine Raiders Veteran, he saw conflicts in the Pacific while serving with the 1st Marine War Dog Platoon, 2nd Marine Raider Regiment.
Kenneth was the oldest member of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department, avid outdoorsman, active in the Yancey County Republican Party and a member of Burnsville First Baptist Church. He was retired from B.B. Penland and Son Lumber Company.
Surviving are his daughter-in-law, Sandra Bell Robertson of Burnsville and West Union, SC and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Richard Muri and Joe Bennett will officiate. Burial will be in the Robertson Cemetery at West Burnsville with military graverites conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps. Pallbearers will be members of the Burnsville VFD.
An hour of quiet prayer and reflections will precede the service at the funeral home. Friends are welcome to gather at the home on Robertson Street immediately following the burial.
Memorials may be made to Burnsville VFD, P. O. Box 461, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Yancey County Humane Society, P. O. Box 1016, Burnsville, NC 28714.