History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Our HistoryThe Panhandle's First
Established in 1899, Pleasant Andrew "P.A." Buntin established the first funeral home in the Texas Panhandle area. It was originally known as Buntin Funeral Home. Shortly after World War I, 27 year old Fred Buntin, P.A.'s son, came into the business in 1919 after attending Dallas School of Embalming. He and his father ran the funeral home until P.A. Buntin's death on December 1, 1941. Fred continued to operate the funeral home until 1945.
Fred then established partnership with Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors, an Amarillo firm, and they did their first funeral on February 12, 1945. The firm then was known as Blackburn-Shaw-Buntin Funeral Home. Dexter Todd was the managing partner and was involved in the business until it sold to Murphy-Spicer.
The funeral home later became Murphy-Spicer-Buntin Funeral Home in February of 1946. The Murphy-Spicer partnership consisted of J.W. Murphy & Bob Spicer and had locations in Clarendon, Memphis, Groom, and Hedley. During this period Fred Buntin passed away on July 12, 1946. The Buntin name dissolved in 1948 and was known then as Murphy-Spicer Funeral Home.
Before Mr. Murphy's death, the partnership later dissolved with the closing of a location in Hedley and Groom. J.W. Murphy assumed ownership of the Clarendon facility and Bob Spicer of the Memphis facility. Mr. Murphy passed away July 20, 1953. At this time, however, it was still known as Murphy-Spicer Funeral Home. The Spicer name dissolved in 1954 and became known as Murphy Funeral Home and was managed by Louise Payne, J.W.'s daughter.
Over the years, our funeral home has performed the services of Mrs. Mary Goodnight and the legendary Col. Charles Goodnight. Our hearse was also featured in the movie HUD which was filmed in Goodnight & Claude.
Delbert Robertson was a funeral director for Murphy Funeral Home for almost 10 years before obtaining a job with Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors in Amarillo in the mid 1960's. Delbert then came back home and worked again for Murphy Funeral Home. He then opened Clarendon Funeral Home in October 1973 which was located at 3rd & Jefferson (One block behind our current location).
In December 1973, Delbert Robertson along with Maurice Schooler and Mack Gordon, funeral directors from Amarillo, purchased the Murphy family interests and facility. Murphy Funeral Home and Clarendon Funeral Home ownerships combined and the name was changed to Schooler-Gordon-Robertson Funeral Directors. In 1975, Patrick Robertson, Delbert's son, graduated from mortuary school and joined the firm. In January 1977, Delbert and Patrick Robertson bought out Schooler-Gordon and the named changed to Robertson Funeral Directors. In October 2003, Chuck Robertson, Patrick's son, joined the firm.
Our Valued Staff
Chuck Robertson, CFSP, Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ President,CEO
Chuck is a native of Clarendon and is a 2003 graduate of Clarendon High School. While in High School, he achieved his Eagle Scout in 2002 through Boy Scouts of America Troop 433. He attended Clarendon College prior to enrolling in Amarillo College Mortuary Science Program where he graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in 2005. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since August 2005 and is certified by the International Conference Of Funeral Service Examining Boards.
Chuck has been involved with many funeral related organizations and they include: Current President of the Citizens Cemetery Association in Clarendon, served as the President of the Panhandle Funeral Directors Association from 2010-2012 and served on the board of directors for Panhandle Funeral Directors Association from 2008-2013, and came back on the board in 2015. He also served on the Texas Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors from 2009-2012. Chuck is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for Texas Funeral Directors Association for 2016-2017 year. In 2017-2018 he will be President-Elect, and in 2018-2019 he will be President of TFDA. He is also a lifetime member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice where he achieved his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) certification in September 2008.
Chuck is currently serves the rank of Captain/EMT & Secretary/Treasurer for the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Dept. & has been a member since April 2003. Chuck is a member & certified firefighter through the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas. Chuck also is an EMT with the Associated Ambulance Authority / Clarendon EMS where he has been with them since October 2004 and Shamrock EMS since January 2015.
Chuck is a member of the Clarendon Lions Club & Memphis Lions Club, and has served as past president for Clarendon. He is also a member of the Shamrock Rotary Club where he is currently serving as President and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Chuck is currently serving his 2nd term on the Clarendon CISD Board of Trustees. Prior to being elected to the school board, he served on the CISD District Improvement Committee for 4 years. Chuck was awarded by the Clarendon / Donley County Chamber of Commerce for the 2009 man of the year.
Chuck's hobbies include going to or watching football, basketball, hockey & baseball games, & Oklahoma Sooners football. Chuck has a son, Jaxon. his beautiful wife, Amanda, and their dog, Duke.
Amanda Robertson, Funeral Assistant
Amanda is a native of Wheeler and is a 2005 graduate of Wheeler High School. After high school, she attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Amanda is currently is an EMT with the North Wheeler County EMS where she has been with them since 2005.
Amanda's hobbies include going to or watching football, basketball, & baseball games, & Texas Tech Raiders. Amanda's family include her parents, Rick and Tina Bond of Wheeler; her sister, Abby Bond who is a senior at Texas A&M; her husband, Chuck, and their dog, Duke.
Jan Farris, Clarendon Office Manager / Provisional Funeral Director / Vice President
Jan Kidd Farris is a native of Clarendon, and a 1988 graduate of Clarendon High School. Jan attended Clarendon College, where she obtained her LVN license in 1997. Jan joined our team as the office manager, in August 2014.
Jan is an active member of the Donley County Hospital District Board, and was also a former member of Hedley Homemakers, Clarendon Chamber of Commerce, and the Hedley School Board. She was honored by the Clarendon / Donley County Chamber of Commerce for the 2009 woman of the year.
Jan formerly was a Hospice Nurse for Odyssey Hospice, and was the school secretary at Hedley School.
Jan’s family includes her husband Otis; a son Cole; son Caden and daughter in law Chrislyn; and two grandchildren, Corbin and Cohen.
Aubrey Evans, Funeral Director / Provisional Embalmer
Aubrey grew up in Plains, Kansas. She graduated from Southwestern Heights High school in 2013. She attended her first year of college in Liberal, Kansas at Seward County Community College where she was a part of the presidential scholar program. She then enrolled in the Amarillo College Mortuary Science Program where she graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in May 2016. She is a licensed funeral director and is a currently working towards her embalmer license. She joined our team at Robertson Funeral Directors in April 2015.
Aubrey’s hobbies include reading, spending time with her friends and family, and singing. Aubrey’s family includes her parents Chad and Jennifer Evans; a sister, Courtney Evans; a brother, Robert Evans.
Kay Martindale, Shamrock Office Manager
Kay grew up in the Lone Mound community southwest of Shamrock and has lived in the area all of her life. She attended Samnorwood schools and graduated in 1966.
She began working in the Samnorwood School System in 1977 and worked there until 1986; she began working in the Special Education department of the Shamrock School System; after retiring from the school she became co-owner of the “Petal Patch Flower Shop” until 1997. In 1998, she began working at Wright Funeral Directors and continues at Robertson Funeral Directors where she is the office manager for Shamrock.
After Kay’s husband retired as Superintendent of Schools in Samnorwood; they moved to Shamrock and have lived here for 19 years. Kay is a member of First Baptist Church in Shamrock and is active on several committies and a member of the “Worship & Praise” team on Sunday morning.
Kay and Kenneth have been married for 39 years and have three children ; Mike and Kassie Macina, Ty and Kimberly Bonner and Billy and Melanie Dedek….they have seven grandchildren; Tristan and Alexandra Bonner, Twins , Kit and Kylie Macina, Colt Macina and Jackson and Jeremy Dedek….Her favorite hobbies are cooking, floral arranging and spoiling her grandchildren.
Trisha Chambless, Memphis Office Manager
Trisha Hewett Chambless is a native of Clarendon, and a 2008 graduate of Clarendon High School. Then attended Clarendon College, where she obtained her Associates of Science. Trisha joined our team as the office manager for Memphis, November 2016.
Trisha hobbies include spending time with family, sewing, quilting, and various other crafting projects. Trisha is married to Deston Chambless of Hedley.
Blain Burton, Funeral Assistant
Blain is a native of Canyon and is a graduate of Canyon High School. Blain and his family moved to Hedley in 2005 and has been very active in the community serving on the Hedley school board, Hedley Volunteer Fire Department, and Hedley Lions Club. Blain is currently is a Paramedic with Associated Ambulance Authority/Clarendon EMS where he has been with them since 2005. He had also worked as a Paramedic for Childress EMS for several years. He joined our team at Robertson Funeral Directors in 2013.
Blain's hobbies include Texas Rangers baseball, hunting, fishing, and. Blain's family include his wife, Tanya; 3 daughters, Kailee Lewis and her husband Tyler, Kassidy Burton, and Kortney Burton and her service dog, Corkey; and his 3 granddaughters, Jensyn, Ainslie, and Clarah.
Don Springer, Funeral Assistant
Don grew up in Hedley and graduated from Hedley High School and attended Clarendon College. Don is a longtime member of the Hedley and Memphis Lions Club.
He served nine years as a Donley County FSA Committeeman, two term Mayor of Hedley. School Board Member of Hedley School District and Memphis School District. He also serves as Commissioner with Memphis Housing Authority. He was a stock holder and director with Security State Bank of Hedley. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Memphis and serves as Deacon Chairman.
He farmed and was a livestock producer for 54 years. Don has enjoyed the funeral business for some 20 years as a funeral assistant and showing comfort to those who are hurting.
Don's family include his wife, Sandra "Sondie", two daughters, LaMoss Lambert and Robin Clouse and husband Chris, a son Ricky and wife Carla; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
Cameron Word, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Cameron is a native of Clarendon and is a 2003 graduate of Clarendon High School. While in High School. He attended Clarendon College prior to enrolling in Amarillo College Mortuary Science Program where he graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in 2005. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since August 2005 and is certified by the International Conference Of Funeral Service Examining Boards.
Cameron is currently an Insurance Agent and serves here at Robertson's on a part time basis. Cameron also is an EMT with the Associated Ambulance Authority / Clarendon EMS where he has been with them since 2009.
Cameron has served as past president for Clarendon Lions Club, and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Clarendon.
Cameron's family include his wife Brittney; his 2 sons, Gavin and Aiden; and his step son, Jase.
Carey Wann, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Carey is a native of Roscoe and is a 1999 graduate of Roscoe High School. He later enrolled in Amarillo College Mortuary Science Program where he graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in 2005. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since July 2005 and is certified by the International Conference Of Funeral Service Examining Boards. He worked alongside his dad and uncle at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater and later joined our team in 2009.
Carey also is an EMT with the Associated Ambulance Authority / Clarendon EMS where he has been with them since 2016. Carey is also a CHL Instructor and an amateur ham radio operator.
Carey is a active member of the First Baptist Church of Clarendon and serves as a deacon.
Carey's family include his wife, Brandi Betts Wann; his daughter, Maloree; and his son, Hunter.
Orvilla Evans, Visitation Hostess - Memphis
Wanda Lamb, Visitation Hostess - McLean
Tina Bond, Visitation Hostess - Shamrock
Kati Adams, Visitation Hostess - Clarendon
Kari Lindsey, Visitation Hostess - Clarendon & Memphis
Linda Haynes, Visitation Hostess - McLean
Delbert Robertson, Guardian Angel (1934-2017)
Delbert was born June 17, 1934 in Clarendon to George Andrew “Andy” and Sallie Elizabeth Robertson. Delbert is a native of Clarendon and a 1952 graduate of Clarendon High School. Delbert is also a 1953 graduate of Landig College of Mortuary Science in Houston. He then volunteered for the US Army near the end of the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso. In August 1953, he married Patsy Darlene Wallace in Clarendon. He returned home to Clarendon in 1956 and became a funeral director for Murphy Funeral Home for almost 10 years before obtaining a job with Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors in Amarillo in the mid 1960's. Delbert then came back home and worked again for Murphy Funeral Home. He then opened Clarendon Funeral Home in October 1973. In December 1973, Delbert Robertson along with Maurice Schooler and Mack Gordon, funeral directors from Amarillo, purchased Murphy Funeral Home. Murphy Funeral Home and Clarendon Funeral Home ownerships combined and the name was changed to Schooler-Gordon-Robertson Funeral Directors. In 1975, Patrick Robertson, Delbert's son, graduated from mortuary school and joined the firm. In January 1977, Delbert and Patrick bought out Schooler-Gordon and the named changed to Robertson Funeral Directors. In 1998, Delbert and Patrick opened a satellite location in Claude. In October 2003, his grandson Chuck joined the firm. The Robertson’s, purchased funeral homes in McLean in 2009, Shamrock in 2011, and Memphis in 2009, and bought out their competitor in Memphis in 2015. After Patrick’s death in 2014, he then became partners with his grandson, Chuck. He has been a licensed funeral director & embalmer in Texas since 1957 and was awarded as a 60 year licensee at the Texas Funeral Directors Association convention this past June.
Delbert is a lifetime member of the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Dept. and served as the Fire Chief of the Department for 32 years from 1980 until 2012 when he retired from that position & has been a lifetime member since 1953. He also a certified firefighter through State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas.
Delbert has served more years as a regent than any other board member for Clarendon College, and is the longest continuous member of the Clarendon College board of regents. He was a member of the very first independent board of regents and was a board member when the new Clarendon College campus was built and opened in 1968. He has served in various board offices and has served under many of the college presidents. He is also a member of the Clarendon Lions Club where he has served in many offices including past president. He was a member of the Donley County Hospital District board when the new hospital was built in 1971 and held various offices on that board as well. He is also a member of American Legion Adamson-Lane Post 287 Hedley Chapter & is a 50 year member of the Clarendon Masonic Lodge #700, AF & AM.
Delbert has been awarded funeral director of the year 3 times by the Panhandle Funeral Directors Association for the years 1979, 1985-1986, & 2004-2005. He also was awarded the Panhandle Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association Firefighter of the Year in 2008. The Clarendon Chamber of Commerce bestowed their highest honor, The Saints Roost Award, on him in 1984 and again in 2001. In August 2009, he married Naomi Lowe in Red River and they made their home in Clarendon and Shamrock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Patsy on June 7, 2008; his son, Patrick on December 22, 2014; his step daughter, Linda Allison in 2015; 2 sisters, Maxine Howe and Georgia Speed; a brother, Glenn Robertson; a daughter in law, Edie Robertson.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi Lowe of Shamrock; a daughter, Debbie Thompson and husband Michael of Clarendon; 3 grandchildren, Greg Collins and wife Jennifer of Bushland, Tiffanie Word of Clarendon, and Chuck Robertson and wife Amanda of Clarendon; 7 great grandchildren, Abi & Maci Collins, Tristan Black, Gavin & Aiden Word, Jaxon Robertson, and Keighen Crump; his sister, Margaret Vines of Wellington; a daughter in law, Vicky Robertson of Clarendon; 3 step sons, Gary Lowe and Dennis Lowe both of Shamrock, and Boe Lowe and wife Sue of Lumberton; a step daughter, Glenda Harvey and husband Mike of Jonestown; a step son in law, Con Allison of Shamrock; his adopted grandsons, Cameron Word and Brayden Phillips; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Delbert entered into Heaven on January 26, 2017.
Patrick Robertson, Guardian Angel (1955-2014)
Patrick was born March 10, 1955 in Groom, Tx to Delbert Wayne and Patsy Darlene Robertson. He graduated from Clarendon High School in 1973. He attended the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1975. Patrick married Edith Faye Black of Wellington, Tx on September 27, 1975. She preceded him in death in 1987. On May 4, 1991, he and Vicky Annette Hawkins were united in marriage in Clarendon, Tx. He was co-owner of Robertson Funeral Directors in Clarendon and co-owner of KEFH 99.3 FM radio station. Patrick was a lifetime member of the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department serving from 1975 to 2009. He was a graduate of the first paramedic class in the Texas Panhandle and one of the first paramedics to serve Donley County. He served with the Clarendon EMS from 1973-1992. He later became a member of the Howardwick Volunteer Fire Department. He loved classic cars and was a member of the High Plains Cruisers of Pampa. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for 25 years. He received his Eagle Scout from Troop 433 of Clarendon in 1972. He was awarded funeral director of the year by Panhandle Funeral Directors Association for the year 2011-2012. He was appointed to the Texas Funeral Service Commission by Governor Rick Perry in 2011 and served until 2014. He was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Howardwick.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Wallace Robertson in 2008.
Survivors include his wife, Vicky Hawkins Robertson of Clarendon; a son from his first marriage Charles Wayne (Chuck) Robertson of Clarendon, Tx; his father Delbert Robertson and step-mother Naomi of Clarendon, Tx; a grandson Jaxon Robertson of Clarendon, Tx; a sister Debbie Thompson and husband Michael of Clarendon, Tx; 2 step-sisters Linda Allison and husband Con of Shamrock, Tx and Glenda Harvey and husband Mike of Austin, Tx; 3 step-brothers Gary Lowe and Dennis Lowe, both of Shamrock, and Boe Lowe and wife Sue of Lumberton, Tx.; mother-in-law Wanda Beddingfield of Clarendon, Tx; sister-in-law Sonya Hawkins Shieldknight of Spearman, Tx; brothers-in-law Sam Hawkins III and wife Lisa of Scott, La, Doug Hayton and wife Kathy of Claude, Tx and Shane Beddingfield of Fayetteville, North Carolina; a brother-in-law from his first marriage Charles Black and wife Patsy of Dumas, Tx; an aunt Margaret Vines of Wellington, Tx; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Patrick entered Heaven on December 22, 2014.