A Reflection of Life
On August 6, 1963, twins Shunta and Darrell Robertson were born to Willard and Shirley Robertson in Newport, Rhode
Island. After a night filled with laughter and jokes, Darrell unexpectedly departed this life and transitioned to his final
resting place on September 23, 2023.
Darrell, who was known as “nickname” to family, was reared in a God-fearing home. He grew up in a family-oriented
environment where he spent plenty of time with his siblings but spent Saturdays with his father and brother. They shared a
close bond, and he learned about automotive care and carpentry. Darrell was educated in the District of Columbia Public
School System and attended Ballou High School, where he was a popular lineman #63 for the Big Bad Ballou
Championship football team. Although he made friends easily, he followed his own path and always had a ready smile.
After graduation, he got a scholarship to the University of the District of Columbia, where he was a lineman for the UDC
Firebirds. When he was 18, he got his CDL, so after a football injury in 1983, he left school and drove a truck for DDL for
two years. Fully recovered and in fighting form, in 1986, he transferred to Bowie State University as a Communications
major and was a walk-on lineman for the Bowie Bulldogs; once again wearing the #63, he was a force to be reckoned with.
Darrell had an adventurer’s spirit, and in November of 1987, he took his financial aid money and set off to see Europe. He
enjoyed his time there, and when his funds were exhausted, he returned home, reinvigorated. Darrell was never without a
job, and since he had driven a truck in the past, he became an owner/operator when he purchased an 18-wheeler truck,
which he named Old Pete. Enjoying the open road, he was on to the next adventure, but after six years, he gave up the road
and started a family.
Darrell met Carla Keys when he was ten years old. They became fast friends and remained connected through junior high
and high school. In 1994, Darrell and Carla married, and their union was blessed with twin daughters, Darla and Carla.
Darrell loved being a father, and he adored his daughters. When the girls were younger, he would scoop them up on
Saturday mornings, and they would hit the road for weekend excursions around the area.
He was a walking contradiction because although he could be easygoing, he was also a no-nonsense man. If Darrell had an
issue with you, he didn’t believe in letting it fester; he addressed it when it happened. When Darrell gave his word, he
meant it because he lived by the code that your word is your bond. He had a magnetic personality and a wonderful sense of
humor, and when something struck him as funny, he had a hearty laugh that was infectious.
Knowing the value of a dollar, Darrell was very discerning when it came to spending money. He was very frugal and knew
where to go for a good bargain. Throughout his life, he enjoyed working with his hands and was a self-taught do-it-
yourself handyman; rather than pay someone to perform repairs, he used what he learned from his father to make repairs to
his and his parent’s homes. He built a garage in the back of his home and would spend hours in the garage, bringing ideas
in his head to life or just tinkering on his motorcycle. As a member of the Iron Soldiers Motorcycle Club, he was known as
“Rob,” and he loved riding his bike and becoming one with the road.
As a staunch advocate of the 2 nd Amendment, he loved to practice target shooting at the gun range with his brother. He had
many interests, but he was also an excellent percussionist, and over the years, he played with a few bands in the DC and
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Shirley Robertson; sister, Belinda Agurs; twin, Shunta Evans;
brothers-in-law, Charles Agurs, Paul Proctor, Brian Meredith, and Stanley Evans. He leaves to celebrate his life and
cherish his wife of 29 years, Carla Robertson; daughters, Darla Robertson and Carla Robertson; grandson, Zayden; sister,
Gloria Robertson; brother, Willard Robertson, Jr. (Darmayne); nieces, Tyeisia Robertson (Krystal) and Yentil Evans;
nephews, Willard Robertson, III and Stanley Evans, Jr.; mother-in-law, Beatrice Hart; sisters-in-law, Patricia Proctor,
Darlisa Montgomery (James), Tracey Meredith, Tanya Plater (Carlos), Constance Wiley (John), and Georgette Mason
(Sean, Sr.); favorite cousin, Beverly Johnson; best friend, Butch Parker; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and close