Troy Allen Robertson of Charlotte, NC died peacefully on April 27, 2014, at Southminster Retirement Community in Charlotte. Born May 16, 1933, in Alexander County, NC, Troy was the son of the late Durant Robertson and Eva Lackey Robertson. He was the eighth of ten children. Troy graduated from Stony Point High School in 1952, and the next day he began four years of service in the United States Navy, assigned to the Naval Air Station in San Diego. From December 1954 to May 1955, he served on the USS Kearsarge, an aircraft carrier. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1956, he returned home to Alexander County and worked as...
Troy Allen Robertson of Charlotte, NC died peacefully on April 27, 2014, at Southminster Retirement Community in Charlotte. Born May 16, 1933, in Alexander County, NC, Troy was the son of the late Durant Robertson and Eva Lackey Robertson. He was the eighth of ten children.
Troy graduated from Stony Point High School in 1952, and the next day he began four years of service in the United States Navy, assigned to the Naval Air Station in San Diego. From December 1954 to May 1955, he served on the USS Kearsarge, an aircraft carrier. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1956, he returned home to Alexander County and worked as an electrician apprentice to his brother-in-law, Riley Sloan, who was married to his older sister Thelma.
On December 21, 1957, he married Carolyn Dagenhart. Troy and Carolyn were married for 55 years, until she died on December 28, 2012. They were devoted to each other, their children, Teresa and Allen, and the rest of their family throughout their marriage.
On December 30, 1957, Troy began work at Hunt Pen Company (later Hunt Manufacturing Company) in Statesville, which had just relocated its manufacturing plant from New Jersey. Troy was one of the first employees hired by Hunt in Statesville and would end up spending his entire career with the company, retiring on April 1, 1997. Troy began working in the Shipping Department, packing and filling orders. He became a quality control technician in 1961, was promoted to supervisor of the Artist Color Division in 1965 and became purchasing manager for the original Speedball plant and the recently relocated Bienfang Paper Company plant in 1978. In 1981 he was named manager of the Bienfang plant (and later the Hunt Distribution Center), remaining in that position until he retired in 1997.
Troy did much more than "manage" the Bienfang plant. Beginning in 1983, he built a new line of business for Hunt: Bienfang Foamboard, which became number one in sales nationally. To build this line of business, Troy worked tirelessly and did whatever was necessary, without regard to his job description. Even though he had no formal training as an engineer, he worked with an outside consulting engineer to design the basic machinery and processes that Bienfang used to manufacture foamboard. Although he was no longer purchasing manager, he negotiated the purchase of equipment and raw materials. And he was able to foresee and implement changes in the basic manufacturing process over time to increase efficiency and resolve actual or threatened problems (e.g., solving an environmental issue by switching from Freon to Pentane to eliminate CFCs). His work on this product exemplified how he approached everything in life: with a relentless determination to get the job done and done right. He set high standards for himself and anyone who was working with him. He was demanding, but fair.
Troy was active in North Carolina Republican politics. Beginning in 1972, he served as Iredell County manager for all of Jim Martin's congressional and gubernatorial campaigns, and served on the state steering committee for both of his gubernatorial campaigns. During Governor Martin's administration, he served as part of the Governor's informal "kitchen cabinet." Troy also served as Iredell County campaign manager for a number of other Republican gubernatorial, senatorial and congressional candidates, including Jim Gardner, Charlie Jonas, Jim Broyhill, Alex McMillan and Richard Vinroot. He served for many years on the North Carolina GOP Executive Committee, was a delegate to the 1984 Republican National Convention and was inducted into the North Carolina GOP Hall of Fame in 1989. He was never interested in using his relationships for his own benefit, but he was always willing to use them to help others. For example, in 1980 he undertook a months-long campaign of letter writing and phone calls that resulted in the West Iredell High School Band of Warriors being invited to march in the 1981 inaugural parade for President Reagan (one of only twenty-two bands in the country), which was a source of pride for the school and the community.
Troy and Carolyn were lifelong active Methodists, who attended Monticello, Midway and Broad Street United Methodist Churches in Iredell County from 1958 until 2008 (when they moved to Southminster). Over the years Troy served as the Superintendent of Sunday School, as Chairman of Stewardship and Finance and as a member of the Administrative Board. Troy was also active in the community, serving as a trustee of Mitchell Community College, President of the Scotts Ruritan Club and a director of the Iredell-Statesville United Way.
In 1992 Governor Martin named Troy to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the State of North Carolina's highest honor.
In the early 1980s, Troy became a golfer, and he loved playing the game for more than twenty years. Troy and Carolyn lived on Highway 90 in the Scotts community from 1960 until 1988, when they moved to 507 Deauville Road in the Statesville Country Club, which allowed Troy to play more golf.
Troy is survived by his daughter, Teresa, his son Allen and his wife, Jennie, and three grandsons, Will, George and Jack Robertson, all of whom live in Charlotte. He is also survived by four of his sisters and brothers: Thelma (Mrs. Riley Sloan), Harry and Donald, all of Hiddenite, NC, and Ruth (Mrs. Gilbert Fann) of Swansboro, NC. He was preceded in death by five of his brothers, Allie, Willie, Harlan, Edgar and Dewey.
Troy's family is grateful to the staff of Southminster, especially Alisa Wallace, for their care of him since November 2008.
On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, the family will receive friends at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home in Statesville from 6 – 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, followed by burial at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Robertson's memory to Broad Street United Methodist Church, 315 W. Broad St., Statesville, NC 28677.