With the death of Lee Roberson Jr., Blount County has lost an acclaimed artist and a powerful advocate for Cades Cove.
Roberson, 79, of Townsend, died at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the family home. No cause of death was announced. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Smith Funeral and Cremation Service.
Roberson sold and displayed his work at a gallery he operated off Wears Valley Road for 35 years before his 2006 retirement — which didn’t stick. In fall 2010 he reopened the business, buoyed by stories of the emotional appeal of his paintings. It was still in business, open a couple of days a week, at the time of his death.
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