Judy Robertson recognized with Woman of Service Award

Published 6:02 am Saturday, September 8, 2018

HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Women of Service (WOS) presented Judy Thompson Robertson the 2018 Cynthia L. Whitt Woman of Service Award at its annual charity fashion show on August 16.

Robertson received her degree from LMU in 1971, the same year she married her husband, the late Dr. Edwin G. Robertson. Over 30 years ago, the Robertsons organized the first Tri-State Youth Choir. Comprised of teens representing several churches, the group shares the Gospel through song in area churches and makes an annual trek to Florida for mission work and choral performances.

Robertson is a member of Pump Springs Baptist Church, where she plays keyboard for the Praise Team. Over the years she has held valuable roles in community events like the Tri-State Area Crusade for Christ.

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“Judy Robertson has a true servant heart,” said Cynthia Whitt, vice president for University Advancement and WOS advisor.

Robertson is a supporter of many causes and organizations which improve the quality of life and advance education in and around LMU and Claiborne County. She serves as a board member for Servolution Health Services, a free medical and dental clinic for the uninsured of the Tri-State Area. She is a valuable leader with the Harrogate Tree Board, which manages the greenway that runs throughout the City of Harrogate. Robertson is secretary to the Powell Valley Electric Cooperative Board and the first woman to serve on that board. She is also a member and has held various offices in the Harrogate Garden Club, whose current LMU project is giving new life to the park located next to Avery Hall.

The Robertsons have two children, Adam and his wife Cindi, and Emily and her husband John King, and four grandchildren, Olivia Robertson, Noah Robertson, Riley King and Halle King.

In 2016, Robertson, along with her family, donated frozen cattle embryos, valued at half a million dollars, to the University of Tennessee agricultural department for research and experimentation. Her husband’s legacy will continue helping many young people interested in the field of genetics through veterinary medicine.

This year’s event raised about $8,000 for scholarships and service projects while serving up delicious finger foods and the latest styles for the upcoming season.

“We appreciate all the support from the sponsors and participants that helped make this such a great success,” said Sheliah Cosby, chair of the WOS Fashion Show.

Event sponsors included advertisers: Dr. David Sanford and Dr. Holly Booth, The Pineapple Tea Room and Café, Sweet as Honey Donuts and Bistro, His and Hers Salon, Sanderella Salon and Spa, Edward Jones Investments, Kramer Rayson LLP, Attorneys at Law, Arnett & Steele Valley Chapel, Kelley Marie chic boutique, Three States Printing, WFXY, Johnco, Inc., Jen’s Place Salon & Spa, Oasis Pizza, North Auction Services, Floyd’s Flower Shop, Coffey Funeral Home, doTerra, Springdale Pic-N-Pay, Shumate Funeral Home, Hands of Time MediSpa and Weight Loss, Roy Stapleton, D.M.D., Doug and Mary Trent,

Effie Arabell Skincare, PJ’s Salon, Gap Creek Coffee House, Cumberland Collision Center, Inc., Auction 58, El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, Blevins and Associates, Bruce’s Hair Classics, Neighborhood Market, Lee Florist, B&B Fitness Center, Inc., Pinnacle Performance, Tri-State Realty, Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home, Coldwell Banker, Roger M. Adams, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Heavy’s BBQ, Representative Jerry and Marsha Sexton, Boone’s BP, Tuck’s Advertising, Ideal Printshop, Beacon of Light Family Chiropractic and Farmers and Miners Bank.

Event vendors included: Hands of Time MediSpa and Weight Loss, Beacon of Light Family Chiropractic, Paparazzi Fashion Accessories, Helen Ayers, LuLaRoe, Lemongrass Spa, Tupperware, Linda Lankford, Lilly Pulitzer, doTerra Essential Oils, Lace to Pearls Boutique, Theresa Bowling, Debbie Hembree, Sanderella Salon & Spa, Mary Kay, Signatures, Rodan and Fields, Pinnacle Performance Physical Therapy, 29 and Holding Boutique, Effie Arabell Skincare, Color Street Nails and The Pineapple Tea Room.

Table sponsors included: Sherrie Nevils Claiborne and Dixie Barker, Class of ’69, Middlesboro Coca Cola, Powell Valley National Bank, Pearls of Grace, Holiday Inn/Sleep Inn, Lee Bank, First Century Bank, Southwest Virginia Alumni Chapter, Cindi DeBusk, Michelle Huddleston, Gary & Phil’s Tri-State Gospel Show, Nancy Whitaker, Commercial Bank, Home Federal Bank and Claiborne County Alumni Chapter.

Flower arrangements were provided by: Food City of Middlesboro, Bo’s Accent Flowers, Christopher’s Creations, Jim & Mary’s Florist, Lee Florist, Norton Floral of Lee County, Mason’s Florist, Christy’s Florist, Creative Touch of Rose Hill, Judy’s Flowers & Gifts and Eden Floral Design.

Established in 2011, the LMU Women of Service is open to all women who want to help students at LMU. By living as an example of service, WOS members teach LMU students about the mission of service to humanity. With proceeds from activities like the Fashion Show and the WOS Christmas Festival, the organization funds several endowed scholarships and provides family aid and cultural enrichment opportunities to LMU students. A WOS membership campaign is now active all current members and those interested in joining are encouraged to sign up at http://alumni.LMUnet.edu/WOS.