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J.B. Robinson

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Born 1-29-1929 -- Died 6-14-2004

J.B. Robinson, popped in the world, weighing a whopping 10 pounds on Jan. 29, 1929, in Hardy, Ark., as the 7th child of George Albert and Iva Robin-son. He grew up in Hardy, fishing and swimming in the Spring River. During his teens he worked at a hotel. He graduated from Hardy High School in 1946, along with his 17 other classmates. Shortly thereafter he moved to Monticello, Ark., to live and work with his brother, Lane Robinson, where he met the love of his life, Mary Virginia McLure. They married Nov. 4, 1949. 1951 brought a little bundle of joy named William Larry Robinson. Larry became a big brother in 1952, when Joe Robinson made his appearance. J.B. brought home a little sister, Alice Robinson Thomas. In the early 1950s, he began working at the Monticello Rug Mill. The best of the 50s was the birth of their second daughter, Phyllis Robinson Oeser.

J.B. worked at various jobs, raised a garden, and began farming tomatoes. For fun, J.B. talked, talked, talked, hunted, fished and took the family camping. He also spent many nights playing moon and spinning tales long into the night. However, he was a man of his word. He used his gift of gab to cheer up his friends in the community and nursing home,.

In 1971, J.C. and his bride surprised the family with a new bundle of joy, Shea Robinson Posey.

He enjoyed serving as a deacon in his church and singing, whether in church or the garden. He used his carpentry skills to make a living and to build things for both his children and members of the community in need, making their lives easier. He also enjoyed working in his garden and sharing vegetables.

Survivors are his wife, Mary Virginia Robinson of Monti-cello; 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 Robin-son, Kim Robinson, Josi Thomas and Kristin Robinson; five siblings -- Jack Robinson of De-Ridder, La., Iva Jean Hurst of Coloma, Mich., Mary Ann Han-sen 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.

Pallbearers were Donald Robinson, Wayne Robinson, Dudley Boone, Kurt Evans, Jerry Robinson, Carl Holloway, Bruce Savage and Bobby Long.