Spending 33 of his 44 years as an educator and coach in the Bradley County Schools system, Robertson will be brought back to the BCHS campus at around 2:15 p.m., if school is in session.
“We’ll make a tour through the campus to allow the students to say goodbye and take him by the football field one last time,” explained BCHS Assistant Principal and longtime friend Greg Geren. “He has been such a big part of our school for so long we felt it was only fitting to bring him through the campus that meant so much to him.”
Robertson’s body will then be taken to North Cleveland Church of God on 11th Street, N.E., for visitation from 3 p.m. until 6:30.
A memorial service will be held beginning at 7 p.m. with the Revs. Jim Gibson and Curtis Wells officiating.
On Saturday a visitation and memorial service will be held in Robertson’s hometown of Sevierville at the First Baptist Church at 317 Parkway. The visitation will be held from noon until 3:30 p.m. with the service to be held at 4 p.m.
Entombment will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens at 220 Emert St. in Pigeon Forge.
Robertson, who served on the Cleveland City Council for 15 years, was a standout athlete at Sevier County High School and Middle Tennessee State University before beginning his career as a teacher and coach.
“Chief” first joined the Bradley Central coaching staff in 1969 and with the exception of four years in the late 1970s, when he coached at Murfreesboro Riverdale and McMinn County high schools, he remained with the Bears until his passing.
Along with football, Robertson coached golf, wrestling and track at various times during his career, plus for the last 17 years ran a free eight-week golf clinic for area youngsters during the summers.
He also served as principal of the Bradley County Schools alternative school for 19 years.
Robertson passed away around midnight Tuesday night after a more than two-year battle with colon and stomach cancer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bill Robertson Scholarship Fund, c/o SCHS Foundation, P.O. Box 4124, Sevierville, TN 37864. Scholarships will benefit a student athlete and/or future educator from Sevier and Bradley counties.