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September 27, 2012

Trio’s Friendship Results in Donation to KTC Foundation

McALESTER — James Vaughn and Cecil Craig, both of McAlester, were friends with Lynn Roberson for more than 30 years. That friendship resulted in a recent contribution from the Lynn Roberson Trust to the Kiamichi Vo-Tech Foundation of more than $12,500.

Their friend, Lynn Roberson, was a lifelong resident of McAlester. Born in 1908, he died in 1994 at the age of 86.  He never married and lived almost all of his life in the same house where he grew up on North E Street in McAlester.

When Roberson passed away, family members got the family heirlooms out of Roberson’s home. Vaughn and Craig were then able to retrieve a large collection of memorabilia, awards, and gun parts that were going to be hauled to the dump. They sold it at gun shows as well as other places and with the proceeds created a trust in Roberson’s honor. The result was the recent contribution to the Vo-Tech Foundation.

Roberson began his full-time employment at the U.S. Post Office in what was then called North Town, where he worked for only a few years.  The vast majority of his work years were spent as a movie projectionist at the Mecca, Chief and the Okla Theaters.  He retired from the Okla Theater in the late 70s or early 80s, according to Vaughn.

Roberson was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and won many awards and championships for marksmanship in Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, as well as in other states.

He was an expert small bore target shooter, having captured the Texas State Championship so many times in the 1950s that the traveling plaque was just retired to him.  In 1958, he was a member of the U. S. International Dewar Small Bore Rifle Team at the Camp Perry, Ohio, International Championships.

According to James Vaughn, “Lynn worked hard all of his life and loved participating in shooting contests and events. Not many people here in McAlester were aware of his shooting awards.

“We are honored to make a contribution to the Kiamichi Vo-Tech Foundation so that Lynn Roberson’s heritage lives on as it helps others succeed in their own career training.”

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