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Valeria Brower Robertson


February 6, 2020

Valeria Brower Robertson, 87, of Asheville, died Feb. 3, 2020, in Asheville.

She was born Nov. 17, 1932, in Memphis, Tenn., to her parents, William Ernest Brower, and Fay Braswell Brower, she was the eldest of four children. Her siblings include William Ernest Brower Jr. (predeceased), Alice Brower Holley, of Peachtree City, Ga., and Sharon Brower Artz, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

She graduated from Messick High School in Memphis, Tenn.

She was an active member of the Memphis and Olive Branch, Miss., communities. She ran for the Memphis school board in 1971 and was a member of the Women’s Medical Auxiliary in Memphis. She served two terms as State House Representative for Desoto County, Miss., during which she passed into legislation required statewide hearing screening for all newborns.

She was an active member of the Republican Party, both in Memphis and northeast Mississippi, and attended two inauguration celebrations during President Ronald Reagan’s administration.

She was the owner of Payne-Robertson Real Estate Company and developed the Villages of Cedarview residential community in Olive Branch. She also established and funded the Desoto County Health Center in Hernando, Miss., which was modeled after the Church Health Center in Memphis.

She believed strongly in the power of education, and set up multiple educational scholarships in memory of her daughter, Catherine R. Newman, at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Miss.

She was a devoted wife and mother.

She is predeceased by her husband of 66 years, James Thomas Robertson M.D., of Asheville, and she is survived by their five children, James Thomas Robertson Jr., of Asheville (Anna), Elizabeth Robertson Morris, of Olive Branch, (David), Clay Darville Robertson, of Hendersonville, Roberta Robertson Beach, of Nashville, Tenn. (Clay), and Daniel Payne Robertson M.D., of Ocala, Fla.

Her daughter, Catherine Robertson Newman, of Olive Branch, predeceased her.

She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Anne M. Fairey (Chris), of Memphis, Elizabeth M. Bass (Jesse), of Olive Branch, James T. Newman, of Jacksonville, Fla., Rev. Robert T. Newman, of Fayetteville, N.C., Kathryn E. Beach, of Chicago, Ill., Leigh T. Robertson, of Columbus, S.C., T. Carl Robertson, of Asheville, Henry T. Beach, of Nashville, Tenn., Lauren F. Robertson of Miami, Fla .; Payne D. Robertson, of Columbus, S.C; Alison W. Robertson, of Ocala, Fla., and Emily C. Beach, of Nashville, Tenn .; and six great-grandchildren, Alice C. Fairey, Emma R. Fairey, Elizabeth (Betsy) B. Bass, Eleanor A. Bass, George T. Fairey and Clara L. Bass.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 3:30 p.m., at Brantley Funeral Home, 6875 Cockrum Road, Olive Branch, Miss.

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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is caring for the family.


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