On September 29, 1953, Rosboro, Sr., and Emma Wright Hendrix welcomed the birth of twins, Shelia Clarice and Shelly Maurice. She was raised in the small community Perla, Arkansas where many tight-knitted families collectively worked and worshipped together. Her parents were highly respected among neighbors and taught the children the importance of education, discipline and the rewards of hard work.
The Hendrix family worshipped for generations at New Director Baptist Church, where she accepted Christ at a tender age and was baptized under the leadership of Rev. J.H. White. She was a curious and thoughtful child who distinguished herself early as the twin sister to Maurice. Aside from church, education had a major impact on her development as a young woman. She was a 1971 graduate of Malvern High School and continued her education at Pulaski Vocational Technical School where she studied Computer Operations/Basic Programming. She forged herself as a “computer-whiz”, by studying and absorbing everything that she could about computers.
On May 22, 1979, Shelia enlisted into the United States Air Force. Her primary specialty was Airfield Management Craftsman. During her service to the country she was the recipient of the Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with 3 devices, Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 devices, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 4 devices, Air Force Training Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Readiness Medal with 2 devices, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/Valor with 3 devices, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with 2 devices, and Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 5 devices.
Her greatest commendation was receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal - Third Oak Leaf Cluster. Technical Sergeant Shelia C. Robertson distinguished herself by meritorious service as Air Mobility Control Flight Airfield Management Craftsman, 623d Air Mobility Support Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany from May 7, 1994 to January 1998. During this period, she developed the first standardization and evaluation process for a Tanker Airlift Control Element. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Robertson reflect credit upon herself and the United State Air Force.
Shelia met and married the handsome Roscoe Robertson, Jr.; their marriage was rewarded with two children Shenetta and Trey. She instilled those same values in her children, as her parents instilled in her. Shelia’s life was one of constant travel, adventure, friendship and love. She lived life to the fullest and encouraged others to do so, to “let loose” from pretense and inhibitions.
After retirement on January 31, 2001 from a full and rewarding military career, she enjoyed shopping and tinkering around on her I-pad. She later started working for Delta Airlines as a pilot scheduler for and additional 10 years. She passionately loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After a valiant fight with cancer she transitioned from this life at Southern Regional Medical Center on Saturday, November 21, 2020 with her children by her side. Shelia was preceded in her passing by her father, Rosboro Hendrix, Sr. - April 9, 1987; her mother, Emma Hendrix – January 2, 2014; her beloved husband, Roscoe Robertson, Jr. -June 25, 2006 and her twin brother, Shelly Maurice Hendrix - February 7, 2014.
Though Shelia is no longer with us in body, her irreplaceable presence will be deeply missed, and her legacy of strength and integrity will live within our hearts forever. Shelia leaves to cherish her memories: two children, Shenetta Robertson of Sherwood, AR and Roscoe A. “Trey” Robertson, III., of Jonesboro, GA; three grandchildren, Shakawanna Hadley of Jonesboro, GA, Cedijah Peoples of Sherwood, AR and Daelyn Fairrow; five great-grandchildren, Jerzarian Hadley, Jernee Hadley, Jermaine Hadley, Jermyiah Hadley and Marleigh Smith; one sister, Bernastene Hendrix of Little Rock, AR; two brothers, Robsoro Hendrix, Jr. (Sherrel) of Arkadelphia, AR and Jerry L. Hendrix of Little Rock, AR; an aunt, Mary Warren of Memphis; two sisters-in-law Janice Robertson and Mary Robinson both of Garland, TX and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A celebration of her life will be shared at 1:00 p. m. on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Bank Ozk Stage, 1100 Collie Road in Malvern, Arkansas. Interment will be at Perla Cemetery with Rev. Douglas A. Jones, officiating. No public viewing is scheduled.
Pallbearers will be Roscoe “Trey” Robertson, III., Rosboro Hendrix, III., Daelyn Fairrow, Charles Jackson, James Sherman and Mark Lambert. Honorary pallbearers will be the men and women of the United States Air Force.