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Mrs. Clarice Robertson

July 24, 2017
Emmie Clarice Atkins Robertson, 91, of St. Simons Island, Ga. and formerly of Valdosta, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Langdale Hospice House. She was born in Cuthbert, Ga. on Sept. 25, 1925, to the late Clarence and Emmie Thomas Atkins. Mrs. Robertson was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica on St. Simons Island.

Clarice Robertson’s whole life was that of dedication to others. She was born into a Methodist family in Cuthbert. Educated in two Methodist colleges, Andrew and LaGrange, she married the Reverend Vernard Robertson, a United Methodist minister, in 1945. She served beside her husband in each of his pastoral appointments in South Georgia. Clarice was an active participant in United Methodist Women. She served as a speaker for young adult conferences, district meetings, Day Apart retreats, and other church activities. For 18 years she served as official hostess of Epworth By The Sea. There were few occasions when guests visited Epworth that Mrs. Robertson was not present. She greeted people with a loving smile, a warm personality and a sweet spirit. Everyone that she met knew her as a person who always gave of herself for others.

Clarice loved being Mema to her grandchildren and great grands. They knew her as the one who made them feel special, the one who called their name in prayer, and the one who was always there for them.

Survivors include her four daughters and two sons in law, Claire Zant of Madison, Ga.; Mary Beth Altman of Valdosta; Gay and Cliff Brown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; and Sue and Paul DeMersseman of Athens, Ga.; her grandsons, Dan (Laree) Zant of Madison, Ga.; Ben Zant of Acworth, Ga.; Will (Blair) Zant of Lawrenceville, Ga; Ken (Brooke) Altman of Hahira, Ga.; Preston (Erica) Brown of Orlando, Fla.; and Robert DeMersseman and Dustin DeMersseman, both of Athens, Ga.; her granddaughters, Jenny (Tripp) Cofield of Madison, Ga.; Leslie (Jim) McAllister of Hahira, Ga.; Emmie Brown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Claire (Tyler) Grigsby of Marianna, Fla.; and Kim DeMersseman of Athens, Ga.; and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Vernard E. Robertson, two sons in law, Walter Zant and Ken Altman, Sr., and one sister, Mary Edith Edwards.

Services were held Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica. Graveside services were held at Guyton Cemetery in Guyton, Ga. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Epworth By The Sea, P O Box 20407, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at

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