Feb. 19, 1951 – April 7, 2020
Robert James Robinson passed away in Waxahachie, Texas, on April 7, 2020, at the age of 69.
Robert was born in Pontiac, Illinois, on Feb. 19, 1951, to Delmar Franklin Robinson and Geraldine Eurah Osborne Robinson. Both parents have preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Beverly Smith Farmer Robinson; his son, Daniel Bryan Robinson; his daughter and her husband, Jennifer Farmer Fisher and Tom Fisher; his daughter and her husband, Kristin Farmer Green and Caleb Green; his grandson and the joy of his life, Brady Davis Green; his sister and her husband, Sharon Robinson Peel and Earnie Peel; his sister and her husband, Pam Robinson Slaughter and Steve Slaughter; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Doyle Lane Smith Jr. and Kathy Mullinax Smith; and his honorary brother and sister, Duane and Linda Farmer. He had numerous nieces and nephews that he loved so much.
Bob was born in Pontiac, Illinois, and moved with his family to Baldwin Park, California, and then a year later to Fresno. He later moved to Tyler, Texas, in the summer of 1965 where he went to high school at John Tyler High School, graduating in 1969. He received two associate degrees, one in electronics from Tyler Junior College in Tyler.
During the Vietnam War, Bob served as a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in November of 1973. He was an extremely patriotic man, dearly loving the Marine Corps and the United States of America.
Bob worked at Frito Lay briefly before going to work for TXU. After working for TXU about 20 years, he was outsourced to Capgemini and then later to HCL doing the same work he had performed for TXU as a technician. He was most recently working with HCL at the time of his death, supporting Oncor. He loved his HCL and Oncor family.
He was lovingly referred to as “PawPaw.”
Bob married Beverly Smith Farmer on Sept. 11, 1999, and became the instant father of Jennifer and Kristin, who were students at Texas A&M University. Beverly thought he was a saint, his friends thought he was crazy. Beverly was right. He loved Jennifer and Kristin with all his heart. At the age of 50, God blessed Bob and Beverly with a beautiful son, Daniel Bryan Robinson. Daniel was named after a young Marine that Bob knew that died in the Gulf War. Bob loved all three of his children equally and was very proud of all of them.
He was a member of the OddFellows in Waxahachie. He was not a very socially outgoing man, but he found a group of brothers in the OddFellows that he loved. He enjoyed going to weekly meetings and participating in events. He even served as treasurer for a while. Though he was not able to attend meetings regularly after he got sick, he always thought of his brothers and talked about them often.
Growing up, Bob loved airplanes and learned to fly. He really wanted to fly airplanes in the military, but his eyesight kept his dream from being fulfilled. He also loved motorcycles. He loved riding them and tinkering with them. Nothing made Bob happier than puttering around in his garage. He spent many happy hours in his garage. Brady, his grandson, loved to go out in the garage and work with PawPaw. They also used to love to ride Bob’s bicycle together. Bob loved riding his bike, and participated in several bike rides during the years, even the “Hotter than Hell 100.”
Bob was a Christian, and a member of Farley Street Baptist Church. He credited his daughter, Kristin Green, and her father, Bob’s honorary brother, Duane Farmer for really leading him to Christ. He had a strong faith. When Bob learned in March that he had Stage 4 cancer, he was calmly at peace with the news. He knew that God was in control, and that everything was going to be OK. Though I know he did not want to leave his family, he was excited about being in Heaven.
The family will be holding a memorial service and burial this summer followed by a time of food, fellowship, and a Celebration of Bob’s life.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Oddfellows in Waxahachie. You can send donations to:
Oddfellows #80 General Fund
Citizens National Bank
200 N. Elm St.
Waxahachie, Texas 75165