Thomas Cornelius was the fourth of the thirteen children of the Late Arthur and Lucy Hall Robertson. He was given to the Lord as an infant and baptized in the Christian Faith at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church. He grew up there and participated in the Sunday School, Youth Activities and the Choirs of the Church.
He was a graduate of Shiloh Elementary School and completed the Brick Laying trade at Camp Liberty High School and worked in this area for several years. He was drafted into the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1946 as a Sergeant. He served 2 terms in the Army National Guard. First with the rank of SP4 and the second term as Captain.
He was joined in Holy Matrimony to the Late Pearl Pearson to which 2 sons, Thomas Alexander and Wardell Robinson were born. After his discharge from the Army, he relocated to Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he later married Marie White, who also preceded him in death.
He was employed as a City Bus Driver for the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and later retired from the Hanes Clothing Factory.
He also served as a freelance maintenance manager for Private Practice Doctors’ Office Complex.
He became a member of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist where he served faithfully for many years.
He was recognized for over 50 years of service in the Deacon’s Ministry and committed to partnering with Pastoral leadership in feeding,
protecting, and nurturing the disciples of the St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church Family (as well as the community) and named Deacon Emeritus. He also served as Treasurer of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church for many years.
He had many other awards and recognitions bestowed upon him. He was delighted to participate in the World II Honor Flight to Washington, DC approximately eleven years ago when the service of WWII veterans were recognized.
Due to declining health, he asked his sister Constance to come up and get him. For the past 6 years he made his home with his sisters in Columbia, South Carolina.
Since his relocation, he has been in regular attendance at Ebenezer AME Church in Winnsboro, South Carolina, the church where he first found the Lord.
He leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Thomas Alexander and Wardell (Williemenia); 3 grandchildren, William Wardell, Melvin Leroy, and Melissa Chantell Williams (Calvin);
5 great grandchildren; 4 sisters, Hattie R. Brice, Constance R. Bookert, Fannie R. Davis, and Carrie E.R. Grady; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and extended family members.
Graveside service will be 9am Wednesday September 15, 2021 @ Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday September 14, 2021 from 1pm to 5pm @ Russell-McCutchen Funeral Home, 324 S. Vanderhorst St. Winnsboro SC 29180.
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