by Synova Cantrell
Morris A. Robeson was a strong, strapping Texan, and a WWII Air Force veteran. Morris returned from war and started a lumber business in Centerville, Texas. He was involved in the entire process from bidding on the trees to cutting them down, hauling the logs, and creating rough lumber in his sawmill. He would later own R.W.R. Lumber Company. This business would be the biggest employer in Leon County, Texas during the 1950’s.
Morris Robeson circa 1945
After selling the Sawmill in the 1970’s, Morris and his wife Mable liked to travel in their motor home. Morris fished the Gulf of Mexico and improved the family’s orchards. He was the epitome of a good ol’ boy with a lovely homemaker wife and two kids; Sam and Janice.
Life wouldn’t be the same for this Texas lumberman after the late 1990’s. Morris began to suffer when the vertebrae in his lower neck and upper back started to deteriorate. Then, he suffered a stroke in 1998. After this point, the once powerful man was now unable to even lift a trimmer to clip his own stray hairs.
Despite his health problems, the family was shocked when they heard of Morris’ death on November 10, 2000. Somehow this man who could no longer lift a little plastic trimmer picked up a Colt .38 revolver with a six-inch barrel, twisted his arm up, and shot himself in the back of the head. Surely no one would believe such a thing, right? Wrong.
VA Medical Records indicate that like his daughter, Morris Robeson was unable to lift his arms to his shoulders. He suffered the neck and back problems as well as having a 10% disability due to a back injury from WW2 that he never claimed. The records dating from 1947 were found in his file.
Actual Murder Weapon and Morris’s Hair Trimmer
The neighbor was an off-duty Highway Patrol Officer named Joe Weaver. Weaver came over when he heard the news, and later told the family that he was suspicious of the investigation at the crime scene. While everyone immediately ruled Morris’ death as a suicide, Joe disagreed. Joe had one question for the family. Where was Gerald Wilhelm at the time of Morris Robeson’s death?
While the police department closed the case, the concerned neighbor would continue his own investigation into the suspicious death. If anyone could find Justice for Morris, it was Joe Weaver. He could if he wasn’t shot in the head 10 months later. Guess what folks!? Joe’s death was ruled suicide too.
I’m still wading through deep water trying to get through this case. There’s plenty more questions and chaos to come. In the meantime, please share this story. Maybe we can kick up a dust storm down south and uncover the corruption. Together we can make a difference. See you next week.