At the age of 16 under a shade tree in Old Hebron Mississippi, Shairod Nelson Robinson gave his life to Christ and had his name written in the Lamb's Book of Life. He himself wrote of this as Light turning to Darkness and took to heart from that day forward being a light to everyone he came into contact with.
In the loving arms of his wife of 57 years, right before midnight on May 14th after a long illness, our daddy took three deep breaths and peacefully walked into the arms of his Savior and saw darkness for the very last time. Without a doubt he heard the words "Well done my good and faithful servant."
His childhood was spent in Old Hebron Mississippi and he was a graduate of New Hebron High School where he lettered in football. He entered the Air Force right out of high school and served four years during the Korean conflict.
He was hired in 1958 to refuel airplanes at Hawkins Field, he worked fulltime while attending Mississippi College to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and later a Master of Business Administration. He enjoyed a long and successful career in aviation. Assistant Airports Manager, Airports Manager and Deputy Director were the positions he served in over his 42 year career. Those titles do not adequately describe the time and dedication he gave to advancing the field of aviation in Mississippi and the Southeast. He is an accredited executive member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He was past President of the Southeastern Airport Managers Association. Having spent countless hours scouting and negotiating land agreements for and around the current Jackson International Airport area, he was honored to have a road named for him on that property upon his retirement.
Outside of home and work he was a dedicated member of the Rankin County Rotary Club having chartered the club as the Pearl-Brandon Rotary club on June 18, 1964 and serving as chartered Vice President. Honors earned with the Rotary Club included being named a Paul Harris Fellow. Other community service included being a Mason and a Shriner and a faithful supporter of the Shriner's Hospitals.
His witness to others was evident whether at home, work or serving in his church homes which included Parkway Baptist Church, Daniel Memorial Baptist Church and currently Griffith Memorial Baptist Church. An ordained deacon and avid softball player, he gave all he had in any area asked of him from pitcher, to coaching softball and basketball to Chairman of the Deacons and serving on countless committees.
That witness was not shown only here in the States but also in Honduras and Nicaragua which stole a piece of his heart and grew to be a huge part of his life prior to and after retirement. After initially being hesitant to leave for foreign missions he quickly found his niche while serving with at least 17 mission teams making sure each patient received a smile, a hug and knew right where to go to receive medical care. On one of those teams he had the opportunity to help establish a small church based school in San Gregorio, Nicaragua that had an initial enrollment of 35 students in kindergarten and first grade. The Mount Olive Christian School has since grown to 350 students and five graduating classes. In an official capacity, he served two terms on the Board of Directors of Baptist Medical Dental Mission International.
Time spent alone in the woods on King Point Island is where he would go to "hide" and "clear his mind." An avid hunter and outdoorsman he longed to be walking in the woods or sitting by a lake. This is where he was most comfortable as a teacher to his children and grandchildren instilling in them respect and admiration for God's creations.
Never one to raise his voice or talk to be heard, his roles as husband and father were his greatest witness. A devoted husband of 57 years and a father to three girls who absolutely adored him brought him great joy. He married Frances Linville Stark on April 6, 1957. Prior to as well as throughout his illness, their relationship exemplified the example of a Godly marriage. That example was lived out daily as he was father to Sharon Bewley (Rick), Carol Harrison (Danny), and Teresa Hill(Greg) as well as the grandchildren he adored, Stacy, Jared and Jessica Bewley; Donna Carol Harrison, and Olivia, Keith and Reese Hill.
Also left to celebrate his life is his sister Sue Robinson Bell and brother Joe Don Robinson.
He was preceded in death by a precious grandson Ted Bewley as well as his parents and 5 brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be 2-5pm Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram and 11am till the 12:30pm funeral service Monday, May 19, at Griffith Memorial Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Baptist Medical & Dental Mission International, 11 Plaza Drive, Hattiesburg, MS. 39402 or Griffith Memorial Baptist Church, 5275 Terry Road, Jackson, MS. 39212.
On line guest book available at www.chancellorfuneralhome.com.
Published in Clarion Ledger from May 17 to May 19, 2014
Chancellor Funeral Home
7225 S Siwell Rd Byram, MS 39272