Walter Robinson Jr.
Dr. Walter George Robinson Jr., departed this life at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
Walter was born in Chicago, Ill. He was the younger of two children born to Fannie, nee Goins, King and Walter G. Robinson, Sr.
Walter received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lincoln University in Missouri, a master's degree in social work from the University of Missouri in Columbia, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIU-C).
He accepted his call to the ministry and was licensed to preach in 1983 as a member of Mount Zion MB Church. He assisted ministers and churches throughout the New Salem District. He was the interim pastor at numerous churches and served as senior pastor at Mount Zion East MB in East St. Louis and retired from New Mount Zion MB Church in Collinsville. He loved to teach. He was a member of the East St. Louis Ministerial Alliance and an active member of the National Baptist Convention, where he taught a variety of courses and held several positions.
Walter held membership in many organizations. He was a Mason and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He also was a member of the American Association for Mentally Deficient, board member of the National Council on Aging, Home Health Care, and the National Rehabilitation Administration. In addition, his membership included the Association American Association of University Professors, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History and the American Association of Higher Education, to name a few.
He also held several positions including Executive Director-Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Council, Licensing Coordinator-IL Dept. of Children & Family Services, Grief Counselor-American Red Cross, Chaplain-East St. Louis Police and Fire Departments. He was the first and only chaplain to receive a full firemen's uniform. He was an assistant professor at SIU-C where he designed and directed the university's first Black American Studies program.
Walter was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. And, he was a veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, a sister, Vivian Griffin, and a son, Craig Robinson.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife, Blanche E., nee Allen, Savage-Robinson, whom he married on Sept. 19, 1991; daughters, Renee (Albert) Stokes and Anita Savage, both of St. Louis, Mo., and Linda Jones of Pensacola, Fla.; sons, Walter G. (Vicki) Robinson III of Houston, Texas and Gerald L. (Paulette) Savage of O'Fallon, Ill.; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Galilee Central Baptist Church, 2334 Lincoln Ave., East St. Louis, Ill.
Funeral: A homegoing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Galilee Central Baptist Church, East St. Louis, Ill. Interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis, Mo.
L. King Archway Funeral Chapel, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 4, 2013