Robert was born and raised in Gorman, Texas. He worked for the phone company for 30 years before retiring in 2012. He served as the mayor of Gorman for 20 years. He has been working with Higginbotham Funeral Home since the early 2000's. Robert and his wife, Kathey, have been married for 52 years. They have one son, Robert Verl, two grandchildren, Candice and Jacob, and six great-grandchildren. Robert wears many hats when it comes to the funeral home, he takes care of anything that is asked of him as well as working during almost all services. Robert even helped build Higginbotham Funeral Home as well as several other houses around town.