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 History

Our History

The Panhandle's First

Established in 1899, Pleasant Andrew "P.A." Buntin established the first funeral home in the Texas Panhandle area in Clarendon. 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.

Our Beginnings

Delbert Robertson was a funeral director for Murphy Funeral Home in Clarendon 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 1998, Delbert and Patrick opened a satellite location in Claude. In October 2003, Delbert's grandson and Patrick's son, Chuck, joined the firm. The Robertson’s, purchased funeral homes in McLean in January 2009, Shamrock in August 2011, and Memphis in November 2009, and bought out their competitor in Memphis in September 2015.  In August 2017, Chuck and his wife, Amanda Robertson purchased the funeral home in Wheeler.    

Our Valued Staff

  • Chuck  Robertson, CFSP

    Chuck Robertson, CFSP Owner/ President,CEO / Funeral Director/ Embalmer

    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 in Texas since August 2005, licensed funeral director in Oklahoma since July 2019, and is certified by the International Conference Of Funeral Service Examining Boards. He is also a licensed pre-need agent in the State of Texas.

    Chuck has been involved with many funeral related organizations and they include: Current President of the Citizens Cemetery Association in Clarendon, served as Past President of the Panhandle Funeral Directors Association from 2010-2012 and on the board of directors for Panhandle Funeral Directors Association for several years. He also involved in Texas Funeral Directors Association where he has served on the Board of Directors, Past President of TFDA in 2018-2019, and currently serves on Texas Funeral Directors Services, Inc. board.. 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.

    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 served as Past President and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Chuck is currently serving his 4th 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. He is a member of Community Fellowship Church in Clarendon.

    Chuck's hobbies include going to or watching football, basketball, hockey & baseball games, & Oklahoma Sooners football. Chuck's family include his beautiful wife, Amanda; his son, Jaxon, and their dog, Duke.

  • Amanda Robertson

    Amanda Robertson Owner / Funeral Assistant / Pre-need Counselor

    Amanda is a native of Wheeler and is a 2005 graduate of Wheeler High School. After high school, she attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She later enrolled in Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where she graduated with a Certificate in Funeral Directing in September 2019. Amanda is currently is an EMT with the North Wheeler County EMS where she has been with them since 2005. She is a member of Community Fellowship Church in Clarendon.

    Amanda's hobbies include going to or watching football, basketball, & baseball games, & Texas Tech Raiders. Amanda's family include her husband, Chuck, her step son, Jaxon, their dog, Duke, her parents, Rick and Tina Bond of Wheeler; and her sister, Abby Bond Lenz and her brother in law, Isaac..

  • Jan  Farris

    Jan Farris Vice President / Clarendon Office Manager / Pre-need Counselor

    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. She then enrolled in the Amarillo College Mortuary Science Program where she graduated with a Certificate in Funeral Directing in May 2016.

    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 three grandchildren, Corbin, Cohen, and Cora.

  • Kati Adams Gillespie

    Kati Adams Gillespie Funeral Director / Embalmer / Preneed Counselor

    Kati grew up in Hedley, Texas, and graduated from Hedley High School in 2015. She is the daughter of Lon and Nicki Adams of Hedley. After graduating high school she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University. Kati worked as a visitation hostess since 2015 and joined our team full time at Robertson Funeral Directors in July 2019. Kati is a 2021 graduate of the Amarillo College Mortuary Science Program where she obtained her Associate in Applied Science Degree. She has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since October 2021 and is certified by the International Conference Of Funeral Service Examining Boards.

    Kati is a member of First Baptist Church in Clarendon where she serves in the Nursery.

  • Rodney McCaleb

    Rodney McCaleb Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Rodney McCaleb was born and raised in Electra, TX. He graduated from Electra High School in 1991. He later attended and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1994. He has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 27 years. Rodney has also served as a Music Minister at numerous churches over the years. He enjoys singing as well as collecting pens and clocks. Rodney has been married to his wife, Bridget since 1999. They have a very large cat named Callie and are both Dallas Cowboys fans.

  • Cameron Word

    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 is a member of Clarendon Lions Club where he served as past president, and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Clarendon.

    Cameron's family include his wife Brittney; his 4 sons, Gavin, Aiden; Miles, and Ian and his step son, Jase.

  • Kay  Martindale

    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

    Trisha Chambless Memphis Office Manager / Pre=need Counselor

    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, and they have a daughter, Delaney and son, Jetson.

  • Blain  Burton

    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. He then enrolled in the Amarillo College Mortuary Science Program where he graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in December 2018.

    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 Willoughby and husband Shawn and her service dog, Corkey; his 3 granddaughters, Jensyn, Ainslie, and Clarah; and his grandson, Darren.

  • Berkeley  Alexander

    Berkeley Alexander Funeral Assistant

    Berkeley grew up in Clarendon, Texas, and graduated from Clarendon High School in 2017. After high school, Berkeley attended Clarendon College where she obtained her Associate of Science degree in 2018. In 2019, Berkeley began the LVN program through Clarendon College where she obtained an Associate's Degree in Nursing. Berkeley joined our staff part-time in January 2022, where she is currently attending the Northeast Texas College Mortuary Science program.

    Berkeley's hobbies include spending time with friends and family, outdoor adventures, sports, and photography.

  • Donnie Carroll

    Donnie Carroll Funeral Assistant

  • Kari Lindsey

    Kari Lindsey Visitation Hostess - Clarendon & Memphis

  • Billy Ray Johnston

    Billy Ray Johnston Funeral Assistant & Visitation Host

  • Orvilla Evans

    Orvilla Evans Visitation Hostess - Memphis

  • Tina Bond

    Tina Bond Visitation Hostess - Shamrock & Wheeler

  • Abby Bond Lenz

    Abby Bond Lenz Funeral Assistant & Visitation Hostess

  • Sierra Widener

    Sierra Widener Wheeler Visitation Hostess / Pre-need Counselor

    Sierra Widener grew up in Hedley, Texas, and graduated from Hedley High School in 2013. She is the daughter of Andy and Connie Wheatly of Hedley. After graduating high school she obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University. Sierra has lived in the Wheeler area for the past 2 years with her husband Jacob Widener. Sierra joined our team as Wheeler Office Manager in July 2017 and now serves as a visitation hostess. Sierra also is an AEMT with the Associated Ambulance Authority / Clarendon EMS and North Wheeler County EMS.

  • Don Springer

    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.

  • Wanda  Lamb

    Wanda Lamb Visitation Hostess - McLean