Robert's great-great grandfather, William Wilson Mercer, journeyed to Johnson County in 1870 and settled near Bethesda. With his first wife, Terra Easter, Mercer had three boys. Terra died in 1870, and the following year, 1871, Mercer married Mary Jane Collins, with whom he had four more boys, including Robert's great-grandfather, George Silas Mercer. To George Silas and his wife, Plumer Brunson, were born four girls and three boys, Lorena (1901), Ora Lee (1902), Roy Silas (1904), and Robert's granddad Wilmer Odell (1906), Virgil (1910), Willie Mozelle (1914), and Laverne (1916). Wilmer and Audrey Mercer ran Mercer Grocery in Burleson from about 1946 until December 1968.
Robert is a former volunteer with the Burleson Heritage Foundation, North Texas Historic Transportation, Friends of the Johnson County Historical Commission, Birdville Historical Society, the Johnson County Historical Commission, and the City of Burleson Old Town Design Standards Review Committee.
Since September 2012, he has volunteered as a youth mentor at Victory Church in his new home, Oklahoma City. Robert is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Oklahoma, and he works for Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Although no longer living in Texas, Robert's mother, brother, and his family still proudly call Burleson home.
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