Born 04-04-1918 -- Died 05-08-2005
Noble William Robins, 87, of Phoenix, Ariz., died May 8, 2005, in Phoenix, Ariz., with his son and daughter-in-law at his side.
Born April 4, 1918, in Ash Flat, Ark., he was the third son and fourth child of Rufus and Alma Ritchie Robins. He grew up in Ash Flat as part of a large and loving family, working on the family farm and constructing stone buildings with his father and brothers, while his sisters worked with their mother, feeding and caring for the entire family.
He was a gifted athlete and an outstanding basketball forward. He was a member of the 1939 championship basketball team and submitted the name "Eagles" for the Ash Flat High School mascot. He attended the University of Arkansas on an athletic scholarship where he was a member of the 1941 Southwest Conference Champ-ionship Final Four basketball team. On Aug. 8, 1941, he married his high school sweetheart, Vista Mae Barnes, and they had one son, William Barney Robins, who was born shortly before Noble entered the U.S. Army in 1942.
As a member of a military police motorcycle unit, he served during what he often referred to as "the battle of the Potomac." He was badly injured in a motor vehicle accident and spent several months in military hospitals recovering from his injuries. After his release from the Army, he embarked on a career in food service management with Greyhound Post House which lasted for 33 years, retiring in 1983. He had been a resident of Phoenix since 1957, and came to consider the deserts of Arizona as home.
He was a certified land developer and was part of several land projects throughout the state. He was a lifetime member of the disabled American Veterans and a 50-year Master Mason of Farmville, Va., Lodge 41.
Survivors include a son, William and Sharon Robins of Boise, Idaho; a brother, Harvey and Amy Robins of Searcy, Ark.; five grandchildren -- Michael Barela of Fairfax, Va., Lisa Ricks of Phoenix, Ariz., Christine Miles of Boise, Jennifer Robins of Hood River, Ore., and Matthew Robins of Portland, Ore; and three nephews -- Bruce Robins of Laurel, Md., Robin Miller of Searcy and Harold Robins of Altus, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vista Mae Robbins; his mother and father, Rufus and Alma Robbins; three brothers, Ritchie, Cleo and J.C.; and two sisters -- Berniece and Theda.
The funeral was May 14 at Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel in Highland, Ark., with Jack Richardson officiating. Burial followed in Wiles Cemetery at Ash Flat, Ark. Arrangements were under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Highland, Ark.
At Mr. Robins request, instead of floral tributes a donation may be made to the children's Home Inc., P.O. Box 460, Paragould, AR 72451.