Rector Native, Standout Athlete Lavaughn Robertson Dead at 75

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Lavaughn Robertson

Rector native Robert “Lavaughn” Robertson, of Florence, Ala., died Friday, November 3. He was 75. A standout athlete for Rector High School, Robertson was instrumental in forming the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame and was later inducted as a member.

"He was one of the best shooters not only to come out of Rector, but out of the state of Arkansas," Coach Jess Bucy said of Robertson at the time of his induction. "Not only was he a great player in high school, but he may very well have been an even better college player."

As a Blackcat in 1958 through his graduation in 1960, Robertson set a number of marks. He set a school record for a total of 789 career rebounds. His 321 rebounds in 1959 and rebounding average of 9.0 that season ranked as the third highest totals during that era. His 1,209 total points ranked as the fourth best, as did his 1960 average of 18.5 points per game. In addition, he made 212 field goals in 1960, which was the third highest total.

Following graduation from RHS, he was a four-year starter at Arkansas College (Lyon College) where he set a school record with 2,138 points in a career. He also set school records with 818 field goals in a career, career free throw percentage of 86.1 and a season free throw percentage of 89.9, which was the second highest in the NAIA in 1963. He tied the school's record with 18 free throws in a single game. Robertson was inducted into the Lyon College Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

Later in life Robertson served as the head basketball coach at Lyon College. He was also the director for Special Olympics in the state of Arkansas for a time.

Robertson was also one of the main architects of the RHSSHOF, first presenting the idea and laying out the groundwork with another former player, Gary McClure. The plan was finalized in June of 2008, as several alumni gathered for a meeting to establish guidelines for the creation of the organization.

He was the first president of the Hall of Fame, and is credited with the creation of both their golf event and HOF Basketball Classic. In 2012 he was responsible for establishing and seeking funding for the Robertson Family Scholarship (RSF). To date, $3,750 has been awarded to deserving graduating senior athletes from RHS as a result.

Several years after working to see it become a reality, he was inducted into the hall of fame by Coach Bucy as a member of the class of 2011.

A visitation will be held Saturday in Florence, Ala., with a memorial service to follow. A second visitation is set for 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at Rector First Baptist Church with a memorial service to follow at 2.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Project 311, 2705 County Road 222, Florence, Ala., 35633 or to Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame, 1703 Loberg Lane, Jonesboro, Ark., 72401-4670.

The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.

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