Clyde Roberson Mission Center to be dedicated Sunday

Published 11:18 am Tuesday, March 11, 2008

By Staff
Named for manwho has led lifeof helping others
Senior Reporter
Clyde Roberson of Washington is being honored Sunday by the First Christian Church for his life’s efforts in helping people around him.
The Clyde Roberson Mission Center will be dedicated at 3 p.m. at the building, which is on the church grounds. The metal building is on East Third Street and is located next to the Blind Center in Washington.
Barrett and Roberson are involved in the church’s Christians In Action group, an organization that formed in 1999 to help victims of flooding associated with Hurricane Floyd.
The mission center is already in use and is there to serve as a storage center for household goods that the group is holding for needy families in Beaufort County. Mattresses, sofas, chairs and other household goods are donated to the mission center and they are kept there until the church can give them to someone who needs them.
Roberson has been a member of the church for 62 years. He has been registered in the Boy Scouts of America for 60 years. He began as a scout in Troop 21, sponsored by the church, and continued in the troop as a leader. Roberson and John Morgan devoted many of their years as scoutmasters of Troop 21.
Roberson is also a member of the Red Men’s Lodge in Washington and is involved in the civic duties of the club. He was Red Man of the Year in 1971 and 1995.
Roberson received the Distinguished Service Award in 1965 from the Washington Jaycees and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1968 from the Boy Scouts of America.
Roberson said missions are what the building is all about. He said he is inspired when CIA helps a person in need. He said that is what makes CIA’s mission important.
He said the woman lost everything she had and church members pitched in so she could get her life started again.
The Clyde Roberson Mission Center is the answer, he said.
CIA has helped approximately 100 families per year since it was formed, Barrett said.
He said the organization gets referrals from Eagle’s Wings, Options Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Beaufort County Department of Social Services and several churches.
The 2,000 square foot building cost approximately $50,000, Barrett said.
The money was raised through donations from church members, he said. “They did it in a quick way.”
Ron Parsons, who monitored construction of the building, said J.H. Cuthrell Company built it.