J.B. Robinson, 75, of Monticello died June 14, 2004.
He entered the world weighing 10 pounds Jan. 29, 1929, in Hardy, Ark, as the seventh child of George Albert and Iva Robinson.
He grew up in Hardy, fishing and swimming in the Spring River. During his teens he worked at a hotel carrying bags and helping in the kitchen. He graduated from Hardy High School in 1946, along with his 17 other classmates. Shortly thereafter he moved to Monti-cello to live and work with his brother, Lane Robinson, and where he met the love of his life, Mary Virginia McLure.
J.B. and Virginia married Nov. 4, 1949. In 1951 William Larry Robinson was born. Larry became a big brother in 1952, when Joe Robinson was born. Later sisters, Alice Robinson Thomas, Phyllis Robinson Oeser and Shea Robinson Posey, were born.
In the early 1950s, he began working at the Monticello Rug Mill.
J.B. worked at various jobs, raised a garden, and began farming tomatoes. For fun, J.B. hunted, fished and took the family camping. He also spent many hours spinning tales long in the night. However, he was a man of his word. J.B. used his gift of gab to cheer up his friends in the community and nursing home.
He enjoyed serving as a deacon in his church and singing, whether in church or in the garden. J.B. used his carpentry skills to make a living and to build things for both his children and members of the community in need.
Survivors are his wife, Mary Virginia Robinson of Monticello; five children -- Larry Robinson of Canton, Texas, Joe Robinson of Batesville, Alice Robinson Thomas of Redfield, Phyllis Robinson Oeser and Shea Robinson Posey, both of Houston; five grandchildren -- Chris Robinson, Tiffany Robinson, Kim Robinson, Josi Thomas and Kristin Robinson; five siblings -- Jack Robinson of DeRiddder, La., Iva Jean Hurst of Coloma, Mich., Mary Ann Hansen of West Plains, Dorothy Evans of Hardy, and Peggy Trotter of Lexa.
The funeral was June 17 at Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello with Bill Hampton and James Dean official. Burial was in Lone Sassa-fras Cemetery with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman.
Pallbearers were Donald Robinson, Wayne Robinson, Dudley Boone, Kurt Evans, Jerry Robinson, Carl Holloway, Bruce Savage and Bobby Long.