ST. FRANCISVILLE — The St. Francisville Board of Aldermen honored Alderman Oscar Robertson Jr., who died Monday after a brief illness, with a special resolution in memoriam at its meeting Tuesday.
Mayor Billy D’Aquilla said Robertson, 59, had been in failing health recently due to complications related to diabetes.
Robertson, who was retired from the accounting department at Entergy, served as an alderman for 22 years and, when first elected in 1993, became the first African-American in recent memory to serve on the board.
“I served with him for all those years; he was a real asset to the town,” said D’Aquilla, who will speak at Robertson’s funeral on Saturday. “I first got to know him when he would come to the board meetings and sit in the audience. He was a very good neighbor and a good friend of mine. St. Francisville lost a great citizen.”
A lifelong resident of St. Francisville, Robertson was a deacon with Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Zachary. He was a former Rotarian and he served on the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
In part, the resolution reads: “The citizens of the town of St. Francisville will remember Alderman Oscar Robertson Jr. with affection for his dedicated public service and the goodwill and friendship he extended to everyone. He was a good man.”
Visitation for Robertson is scheduled Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 1896 Flanacher Road, Zachary. A funeral service will take place at the church on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in St. Francisville.
D’Aquilla said the board has 20 days to appoint someone temporarily to fill Robertson’s term until October, when an election will be held to permanently fill the remainder of his term until regular elections in fall 2016. D’Aquilla said he would like the board to appoint a minority to fill the seat, and he encourages the public to suggest nominations by calling his office at Town Hall at (225) 635-3688.