Clogger Oscar Everett Roberson died at the age of 97 on March 23, at his home in Robersonville, North Carolina. He grew up in the small eastern North Carolina town founded by his grandfather. After training at the Virginia Military Institute and studying in business college, Roberson served as a Staff Sergeant and B17 Maintenance Crew Chief in the 379th Bombardment group of the Army Air Force. He saw service in both Europe and North Africa. After the War, he had a long career running his family’s general and farm supply store, A. O. Roberson and Company, in Robersonville.
Oscar’s son Greg became a member of the Green Grass Cloggers and learned to clog. When he retired, at the age of 50, Oscar too took up clogging, which turned into a favorite pursuit throughout his 47-year retirement. He became a well-known dancer at music festivals and dance events throughout the Southeast, known for his skill, enthusiasm, and hat that read, “Whatever.” Phil Jamison profiled Roberson in the Spring, 1990 edition of the Old-Time Herald. Oscar Roberson was also an active member of Robersonville’s First Baptist Church, the Shriners, Masons, and Scottish Rite. He was buried in Robersonville Cemetery with military honors.