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Rev. Carnell Robertson, a founder of FATHERS; Jan. 11, 1945 -- July 12, 2011

The Rev. Carnell Robertson of Buffalo, a founder of FATHERS and a former worker at Freezer Queen and a sergeant in the National Guard, died July 12 in Nashville, Tenn. He was 66.

Born in Gallion, Ala., he moved to Buffalo in 1969 and married Fannie Pearl King in 1971. The couple received several awards for their work as foster parents to more than 100 children.

Mr. Robertson, affectionately known as "Mr. C" to his friends, served 20 years in the National Guard. He was a Prince Hall Mason at St. John Mason Hall No. 16 on Kingsley Street.

Mr. Robertson, who lived part of the year in Nashville, was retired from Freezer Queen. He was ordained as an elder from the first jurisdiction Church of God in Christ and was a very active member of Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ on Kensington Avenue.

Mr. Robertson also was a founder, board member and chaplain for the nonviolence organization FATHERS -- Fathers Armed Together to Help Educate, Restore and Save.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Kenneth Stephens, Maurice Ruttlen Sr., Michael Ruttlen Sr. and Carnell Jr.; and eight daughters, Beverly Crenshaw, Cynthia Salter,

Tanya Ruttlen, Cheryl Ruttlen-Brown, Valerie Allen, Tasha, Aisha and Della.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Jordan River Missionary Baptist Church, 450 Leroy St.


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