George Washington Irving Robinson, 95, of Emporia, Virginia departed his earthly life on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Greensville Health and Rehabilitation Center in Emporia, Virginia. To God be all the glory and praise, as he left us quietly and peacefully in his sleep.
Uncle George or ‘Bruh’, as he was affectionately called by his family, was the 2nd child, born on Saturday, March 6, 1926 and raised in Emporia by the late Walter T. and Gracie E. Robinson. He was the namesake of his grandfather, a well-known and respected entrepreneur and property owner in Emporia, George Washington Irving Robinson.
Uncle George only completed two years of formal education here in town but was good with his hands and could build any small structure and sow and harvest the best fruits and vegetables near or far. He never drove a vehicle but he could out-walk anybody on any given day.
Nothing could come between Uncle George and his cigars. A visit often meant joining him on his front porch while he enjoyed a smoke and recalled family anecdotes and local history, a familiar and time-honored Robinson tradition: storytelling.
He also appreciated riding around town and going out for a good meal topped off with a cold Mountain Dew. If you’d ask Uncle George if he’d had any water, he’d look you dead in the eye and say ‘I’ve had plenty water’! He was witty and had a great sense of humor and could tell you about yourself in one minute flat if you dared to underestimate him. And, he definitely did not like for anyone to tell him what to do.
Uncle George was employed by American Box Company until his retirement in the 1980’s. He was a faithful member of St. James Episcopal Church which his family helped found and served for decades.
Uncle George was joined in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Louise Hardy on October 20, 1952. He was faithful and loyal to her until she departed her earthly life on December 14, 2012. He was famous for visiting Aunt Louise every day, rain or shine, while she was a resident at Emporia Manor (now Accordius Health).
Fiercely independent and just a tad bit stubborn, Uncle George insisted on doing as much for himself as possible until his health started to decline in his mid-80’s. Having no children with Louise, he relied on his brother Carl and his nieces for assistance until Carl departed his earthly life in 2018.
Uncle George is preceded in death by his parents, Walter T. and Gracie E. Robinson, sister, Martha Leola Robinson and brothers, Walter Elliott, William Daniel and Carl Lowell Robinson, Sr. and nephew, Carl Lowell Robinson, Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memories: five devoted and loving nieces, Cynthia Robinson (Clifton Meadows) of Clinton, Maryland; Kimberly Harris (Michael) of Emporia, Virginia; Grace Patron (Robert) of Midlothian, Virginia; Doris Robinson of Richmond, Virginia and Crystal Robinson of Lynchburg, Virginia; numerous great, great-great nieces, great and great-great nephews. He had a tremendous bond with his nephews-in-love, Clif, Michael and Rob. They kept him groomed, entertained and stocked with his favorite things.
Also left to cherish Uncle George are two cousins and special elders of the Robinson family, James Manning of Seattle, Washington and Daisy Bradley of Richmond, Virginia; a host of maternal and paternal cousins, neighbors and friends who are left with fond recollections of Uncle George.
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