Thomas Clifford Roberson,
Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Roberson, 94, died on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, after a long illness.
Born on March 15, 1916, he was raised in St. Joseph, Tn., and attended and graduated from Loretto High School in Loretto, Tn. During his senior year, he played on the 1935 Championship Basketball Team.
After high school he signed a contract to play semi-pro baseball in the Northeast Arkansas League and played during the late 1930’s and 1940. He went on and played baseball for Stearman and Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Ks.
There he met his wife, Margaret Ann Hall and was married on Nov. 5, 1946. They moved to Chattanooga, and he became an auctioneer. In 1947, he opened “Cliff’s Auction” for weekly auctions and for years did numerous benefit auctions for local charities.
In 1950, he also was hired to auction at automobile and livestock auctions until he retired in 1996. He also contracted his services with other local auction companies throughout the years.
He was a Charter Lifetime Member of the National Auctioneer’s Association and was known as an Auctioneer’s Auctioneer. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Mr. Roberson was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Hall Roberson; his parents, John Thomas and Nannie Lela Gilbert Roberson; his siblings: Pauline Roberson, Odis Roberson, Clinton Roberson, Neva Salmon, Elaine Holt, Howard Roberson and Joan Smith.
Cliff is survived by one sister, Vergie (Jerry) Miniard of Camden, S.C. He is also survived by one daughter, Diantha Swift (Steve) of Rockville, Md.; two sons, John Roberson (Connie) of Five Points, Tn., and K.C. Roberson (Debbie) of St. Joseph, Tn. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Amanda Lay, Amelia Lay (Lance) Lovett, Blaine Lay, Travis Lay, Katie Roberson (Will) Motlow, Justin Roberson, Olivia Roberson, Bryan Roberson, Natalie Roberson, Rebecca Roberson, Christopher Roberson, Nicholas Roberson, Catherine Roberson and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road, with Mr. John Cupp of the Tyner Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 5-8 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.