Why hold on to something when it can mean more to someone now? That is the philosophy of Georgia Roberson and the late Marshall Roberson. That belief was realized as the Marshall H. & Georgia T. Roberson Residence Hall was dedicated on March 19, 2003, on the campus of North Greenville College.
Despite the damp weather, Mrs. Roberson of Anderson, SC, and many of her family and close friends visited North Greenville to take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony, a chapel service, and a luncheon that offered NGC students an opportunity to express thanks to Mrs. Roberson and other college supporters.
Dr. Roberson, who passed away on May 17, 2002, was a lifelong advocate of higher education. He received his undergraduate degree from McMasters University in Hamilton, Ontario; Masters of Theology from Immanuel Bible College in 1969; his Doctor of Theology from the University of Marietta in Marietta, GA in 1971. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Immanuel Bible College in 1968. His first pastorate was at Hill Park Baptist Church in Atlanta. He then served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Anderson from 1955 until 1969 at which time he resigned from the ministry to go into business. He founded American Sentry Burglar & Fire Alarm Company in Anderson and in 1971 bought Anderson Answering Service. He was Founder, President and Owner until 1997 when he sold the business which is now known as Blue Ridge Security. He also owned the Carolina Institute of Aeronautics, where he was a flight instructor. This is where he and Georgia met. They were married on March 29, 1964.
Mrs. Roberson worked for Clemson University with the Cooperative Extension Service. She was also Vice-President, Secretary, Co-Founder, and partner in business with Dr. Roberson at American Sentry while working at Clemson. She retired from Clemson after 34 years of service. She is a 1945 graduate of Winthrop University and received her Masters in 1958 from the University of Maryland. The Robersons have been faithful members and financial supporters of First Baptist Church, Anderson.
At the ribbon cutting, Dr. Steve Crouse, Campus Minister, expressed, “Inside this residence hall right now, there are young ladies who will become missionaries and take the gospel to countries we may have never heard of; there are young ladies who will be teachers and shape the next generation of leaders and there are young ladies who will go out into the business world and impact the culture in that way. All of this is possible because of people like Mrs. Roberson who give sacrificially so that students can come to this campus.”
President, Dr. James Epting, also thanked all those in attendance and expressed gratitude to Mrs. Roberson for helping make the residence hall a reality. “We are so grateful for what Mrs. Roberson has done,” said Epting. “This college would not be where it is at today, without people like the Robersons.” Two portraits of Dr. and Mrs. Roberson were unveiled and hang in the lobby of the residence hall bearing their name.
“Why hold on to something when it can mean more to someone now?” That has never been truer than it is in the life of the Robersons.
Article printed in the Fall 2003 issue of the North Greenville College Magazine.