Dr. Lee Roberson, longtime pastor of the Highland Park Baptist Church and founder and president of Tennessee Temple Schools, died Sunday morning at the age of 97.
Dr. Roberson was world-renowned in religious circles.
His longtime associate, Dr. J.R. Faulkner, wrote this account of his life:
He was born in a two-room log cabin on Nov. 24, 1909, and spent his first two years on a farm near English, Ind., a small town in the southern part of the state. In 1911, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Roberson, took him to a farm near Louisville, Ky., where his father farmed, worked on streetcars, and built homes to make a living. At the age of 14, he was led to the Lord by his faithful Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Daisy Hawes, and joined the Cedar Creek Baptist Church outside of Louisville....
Dr. Lee Edward Roberson will be among the greatest Christians who ever lived when the history book is finally written. His life seemed impeccable as he lived faithfully and loyally for the Lord Jesus Christ. He was the leader of the Independent Fundamental Baptists of his day. His life and ministry are an example that many churches, colleges, and men are following today. America is indebted to this giant in the faith for his leadership in leading leaders to be all they could be in the Lord. His famous quote, "Everything rises and falls on leadership." will be remembered and quoted until Jesus comes. Everytime I heard him, he was always encouraging and challenging. His motto was "Die to self". No doubt this is the way he lived and died. I am persoanlly grateful to the Lord for Dr. Roberson's life because in 1990 soon after hearing him preach in my hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky, I finally surrendered my life to be a preacher of the gospel at the ripe age of 17. God has used him to literally reach millions with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ has not had a more dedicated, and loyal servant than Dr. Lee Roberson. Now he rest from his labours, but his labours will continue until Christ comes again!
Dr. Roberson was a Christian gentleman. He was a man of strong convictions, but when asked why he did not spend more time attacking those who differed with his position, he explained that he had a much bigger job to do...gettng the Gospel to the world. He loved to be a builder of the Sunday School, of missions, and of faith in God. His ministry was an outstanding example for those of us who were trained in the church and school he led.
Finally ,after a long life of service to his savior by faith,now he is seeing the blessed savior face to face.No one who goes to the other side of reality will never hope to come back again to the land of sorrow.