Fisher Funeral Home & Cremation Service
24501 Five Mile Road Redford Township, MI 48239
Larry Darnell Robertson was born on February 19, 1951, in Detroit, MI to the late L.D. and Elsie Lee Robertson. He was the fifth of 13 children who our parents were blessed to have during their life together.
Donny’s life serves as a testimony to the goodness of God. During the summer of 1952 while on vacation with Mom at our grandparent’s home in Houston, TX, while playing on the floor under the dining table, suddenly Donny became extremely ill and began to convulse. He was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with spinal meningitis, which is an infection of the meninges, or the fluid and membranes around the brain and spinal cord. This was and is a very rare disease. In an effort to save Donny, the doctors performed brain surgery in order to relieve some of the pressure off of his brain. The surgery did relieve some of the pressure, but his brain was damaged. To keep him alive, Donny was placed in an “oxygen tank” to help him breath. However, after a period of weeks with no apparent improvement but obvious deterioration, the doctors talked with Mom about removing him from the oxygen tank in order to let him transition. Mom, Big Mama and Uncle Odis, prayed about what to do and concluded that God would have the final say in spite of their decision. Three days later, Donny was removed from the oxygen tank.
But our thoughts are not like God’s. God’s plan is far above our own. Instead of Donny passing, within days his breathing and his body became stronger. Seeing the miraculous improvements that were happening with him, the doctors felt that in spite of them, even if Donny lived, it would be in a vegetative state. About four weeks later, Mom brought Donny back home to Detroit where she nurtured and cared for him through the good and the bad times. She poured her soul into caring for him, as did his family. Donny was not able to stand on his own, sit straight in a chair, hold his head up by himself, talk or walk. He was totally dependent upon the assistance of others. But one day, at the age of 10, while sitting in his wheelchair in the kitchen with Mom, he got up from his chair by himself and tried to walk. Mom was overwhelmed. From that day forward, Donny became more independent. Soon he learned to speak, even though oftentimes not with clarity, but he spoke. God blessed him with the ability to remember songs, faces, some names, but most of all, his family. He loved his family and those he knew loved him. Donny had more friends than the average person because he loved people and people loved him.
After Mom died in 2012, Tracie Rasberry, Donny’s oldest niece, brought him to live with her and her three daughters, Ashley, Amber and Asia. Uncle Donny was a major part of their lives. The more they cared for him, the more he thrived. He grew in so many ways while living with them. He loved going to his “school” every day. He loved sitting out on the deck with family and friends. He loved when his nieces would talk to or pick with him. He loved to talk about how he had to go to work, or clean the basement, or go and get his car off of Fenkell, or tell us how MoMo, one of our brothers, had hit him (which never ever happened). Donny was a miracle man. Tracie and her girls gave Donny an outstanding life. They blessed his life with their own. They sacrificed many things in order to make sure that he had all that he needed, especially love. But on Thursday, February 4, 2021, unexpectedly God called Donny home. And now, left to grieve his passing are his siblings, Rev. Diane Covington, Michael Robertson (Rev. Jacqueline), Linda Robertson-Davis (Marc Blakely), Jermore Robertson, Derrick Robertson (Sheila), Earl Robertson (Lois), Fredrick Robertson and Stephanie Jones (Andre), and a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Donny was pre-deceased by his parents, L. D. Robertson, Sr. and Elsie Robertson, and four siblings: L. D. Robertson, Jr., Bobby Ray Robertson, Cynthia Marie Glover (Charles, deceased) and Rev. Bernard Robertson (Venise). Rest in peace, Donny. We love and miss you.
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