The life of Courtney Dover Robertson is definitely something to be celebrated. She passed away around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning after battling cancer, on again and off again, for over 15 years.
“When she smiled, the whole room lit up,” said Billy Dunlap, one of her cousins. “That’s the kind of person she was.”
For those she leaves behind; her husband Lance Robertson, her two sons Peyton and Cade Robertson and lots of other family members and even more friends; the loss of someone they love, though sad, comes as a relief due to the amount of pain Courtney had to endure over the years and especially in the last few months.
“She never questioned her disease, she never complained, she simply persevered in a way that changed everyone who knew her,” said Susan Carlay, one of Courtney’s closest friends. “She persevered in her devotion and love for her husband, her boys and her family and in her dedication to her church and to her job and everyone at Laurens Academy.”
Laurens Academy Head Football coach Todd Kirk and his team played their game Friday night in honor of Mrs. Robertson, wearing pick socks and sweat bands to commemorate her legacy.
“She would have wanted us to play tonight,” said Kirk. “She had a strong faith, was a wonderful Christian lady who was a great example here [at LA].” Kirk is also the Headmaster at Laurens Academy who worked with Robertson for years.
Robertson grew up in Rock Hill, SC but moved to Laurens when she married after graduating from Clemson University.
She began teaching at Laurens Academy when the school first started and worked there throughout her life. Even near the end of her life, when her declining health confined her to a wheelchair, she could still be seen at the Laurens Academy football games with a line of people in front of her waiting and eager to talk with her or just give her a hug.
Some of Courtney's favorite Bible verses were Romans 5:3-5 which talks about how suffering produces hope, character and love for those who endure and Nehemiah 8:10 where it says the “the Joy of the Lord is my Strength..”
“Her profound Christian faith was evident to everyone who met her, because it was obvious that the portions of joy and strength that filled her life were more than any human, alone, could possess,” said Adair Rodgers, another dear friend of Robertson and Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Laurens. “The superhuman joy and strength that she exhibited could only have come from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”
It’s clear from talking to those closest to Robertson that she was the kind of person everyone loved to be around and always left a lasting impression.
“Courtney was the epitome of joy,” said Rodgers. “You couldn't help but be joyful when you were around her.”
“My life is forever blessed by my friendship with Courtney,” said Carlay.
Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014 followed by a private interment at Ora ARP Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Robertson’s family will be receiving friends at the church Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.
In place of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Courtney Robertson Scholarship Fund at any Palmetto Bank.