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May 16, 1943 – May 18, 2023

Ms. Ella Mae Robertson, 80, of 150 Slagle Avenue, Petersburg, VA, departed this life on May 18, 2023 at Bon Secours Southside Medical Center, Petersburg. She was born on May 16, 1943 in Dinwiddie County, to Emma and Walter Williams.

She was employed at Walnut Hill Convalescent Center, Petersburg.  She retired after 35 years of service and later from Fort Lee (Fort Gregg-Adams) after 35 years of service.

Ella Mae enjoyed shopping, family functions, visiting her friends, and playing numbers. She was a diehard fan of the Washington Commanders (Redskins).  Ella Mae will always be our “Jazzy Auntie”.

She was preceded in death by her son, Eric “Rob” Robertson; parents, Emma and Walter Williams; grandfather, Willie and Annie B. Wright; sisters, Beatrice Robinson and Mary Williams; brother, Thomas Williams (Beatrice); aunts, Lucille B. Smith, Elizabeth Myrick, Hazel Goodman, and Hattie Wright; uncles, George Smith, Harvey Myrick, James Goodman, Thomas Wright, and Willie Wright; nieces, Theresa Stewart, Joyce Wiggins and Charmaine Robinson; nephews, Horace Robinson and Donald Robinson.

Ella Mae leaves to cherish her memories: sisters, Lucille Stewart and Dorothy Staton both of Petersburg; nieces, Yvonne Beasley (Herbert) of Petersburg, VA, Susan Simmons of Florida, Janice Parham (John) of Fredericksburg, VA, Rita Driskell of Petersburg, Jessica Stewart Weaver of Richmond, Jovanda Wiggins of Dinwiddie, Krystal Stewart of Chester, Karlisa Arnold (Davion Sr.) of Fredericksburg, and Jontell Parham of Ohio; nephews, Walter Robinson and Derrick Stewart both of Petersburg, Victor Stewart of Hopewell, Billie Patton of Chicago, Calvin Calhoun of Richmond, and Dexter Driskell of Hopewell; relatives, Bragg Smith of Petersburg; devoted friends, Minnie Wilson of Petersburg, Marry Perry of North Carolina, and Margie Anderson of Petersburg; devoted friends, Shirley Molet, Frances Richardson, Joyce Mason, Glorene “LitBit”  Gilliam, and Wayne Davis all of Petersburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 27, 2023, in the Chapel of J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, Pastor Davion Arnold, Sr., eulogist. The interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, watch the funeral services live online at