Leighton Robertson
1938 - 2021
Leighton Robertson

Norman "Leighton" Robertson, a lifelong resident of Lynchburg, Virginia, died at 83 years of age, on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 20, 2021, while traveling with his family at the Outer Banks. He died, as he lived, peacefully and on his own terms, with dignity and grace, surrounded by people he loved.

Leighton was born on May 13, 1938, in Lynchburg, the son of Robert Glover Robertson Jr. and Margaret Yentzer Robertson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Peg; brother, Bob; and sister-in-law, Callie.

A graduate of Lynchburg City Schools, Christchurch School, and (eventually) Lynchburg College, Leighton had a love for fishing, hiking, landscaping, cooking and cards, but most of all for family and his many, many friends. He was known for his cheese biscuits, handmade walking sticks, love of dogs, kindness and generosity. Other lifelong interests included volleyball (aka bingo), peanut butter and butter hotdogs, puzzles, collecting coins, wild plants, and a memorable series of pets including crows, snakes, and other creatures. He lived in the moment and fully. Beyond his hometown, two of his favorite places to visit regularly and always with family and friends, were the beaches at the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the rivers and mountains near Crested Butte, Colorado. After a varied early career, including co-owner and short-order cook at the Cavalier Store, he settled into the role of realtor and for over 50 years took pride in helping families find homes and a sense of community in Lynchburg. In recent years, he volunteered at Park View Community Mission and cared for his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kitty; sons, Brad and David; daughters-in-law, Kim and Kristen; grandchildren, Leighton, Taylor, and Kathryn; and his many, many friends.

A memorial service celebrating Leighton's life will be held on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church.

The family expresses their gratitude for the caregivers at Centra, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, and Westminster Canterbury.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Park View Community Mission or St. John's Episcopal Church.
Published by The News & Advance on Jul. 23, 2021.
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Linda Williams Forehand
July 30, 2021
Kind, thoughtful, deliberately caring, diligent, hilarious, earnest, self-possessed, determined, one-of-a-kind... We never fished together, but that would have been more fun than anything I can imagine doing.
Jaime Conley
July 26, 2021
Kitty, Brad and David - My sincere condolences. I remember Leighton as a kind and engaged father. May your good memories comfort you at this time. Shannon Clough Brandt
Shannon C Brandt
July 25, 2021
Leighton was truly a Southern gentleman in every way. He always was so very laid back and easy to get along with. My brother & sister-in-law are proud owners of one of his handcrafted walking sticks with beautiful inscriptions on them. Leighton truly walked right through the gates of heaven, no stops along the way. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family. Fly high. You will be greatly missed. Michele & JW Stinnett , Jenny & Harold Beirne
Michele & JW Stinnett, Jenny & Harold Beirne
July 25, 2021
I met Leighton in the summer of 1968 as a realtor customer; my wife and I had moved to Lynchburg from Washington State with five small children and I was in desperate need of a home for that large family (NOTHING was available for a large family). Leighton, I discovered, was a suburb agent diligent, honest representing our interests and a VERY hard worker. Within a month he solved our problem and found us a fantastic home that perfectly fit our needs and that we occupied for the next 14 years years. In addition he was a certifiable CHACTER and a pleasure knowing.
Richard Kingsley
July 25, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Leighton Robertson, especially his wife, Kitty, and sons, Brad & David. As a first cousin, I have many fond memories of holiday gatherings in their home. Leighton's independent spirit and the thoughtfullness he provided to prior and current generations of Robertson family members will always be greatly admired and appreciated
Cabell Fitzpatrick, Southampton, NY
July 24, 2021
Brad and Kim-Janell and I would have loved the opportunity to know Leighton. Now we know where the recipe for the cheese biscuits originated! We miss you both deeply and think of you and your wonderful family often. How well we know the difficulty of losing a parent, and that we are never fully ready to let them go. May God bring peace and comfort to you and your family. Please know you remain uppermost in our prayers.
Clark and Janell Mason
July 24, 2021
XO- Brandon & Haven
July 23, 2021
Prayers for you all and Leighton. He was always kind and willing to work with another Realtor or just to say hello when he saw you out and about. Truly a special human being.
Sara Coleman
July 23, 2021
If you ever met Leighton you would never forget him. He loved family so much. I have a memory of Leighton walking through the Commons at St John´s with a very small grandchild holding on to a finger or two. He was so kind and caring and I feel honored to have known him. May we all chose to be remember for such love
Jane Kreger
July 22, 2021
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