Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Marshall Robinson(1942 - 2013)

The Reverend Dr. Lorenzo Marshall Robinson transitioned to heaven on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. A product of the loving union between the late Della Waddell Robinson and the Reverend Roosevelt Robinson, Sr., he made his entrance into this world on May 20, 1942 in Panama City. He grew up in Campbellton, receiving his primary education there. A graduate of Florida Memorial University in Miami, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York and Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University. Dr. Robinson preached and lectured at several colleges and universities. He also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. A Stamford resident for 52 years, Dr. Robinson pastored four churches and had been preaching and teaching the Gospel of Christ our King for 52 years. He was an Associate Minister at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Port Chester, New York at the time of his departure from this terrestrial ball. The recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, Dr. Robinson also received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. Shaw University's annual college orientation day has been labeled "Lorenzo Marshall Robinson High School Day", in honor of his passion for education. He led a life driven by faith, community service, mentorship, scholarship and uplift. Dr. Robinson marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964 and in 1974, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. preached for Dr. Robinson at his pastorate in Stamford, Conn. A former Connecticut State Chaplain and former President of the Stamford branch of the NAACP, Dr. Robinson also chaired the Fair Rent Commission of Stamford. He likewise served as Board Chair of the Chester A. Addison Community Center. Dr. Robinson was an entrepreneur, a Shaw University trustee and a world traveler. Reverend Dr. Lorenzo Marshall Robinson was a friendly, generous and charismatic man. He was the "Mayor" of every city into which he set foot. A gregarious and affable gentleman, Dr. Robinson had a knack for making people feel good about themselves. He was always optimistic and had a matchless positive outlook on life. He would not want us to morn his death but, rather, celebrate his life and rejoice in knowing that he now resides in the Heavens. He would often say "we are not permanent partners on these parcels, we are merely gusts of his existence". He was a loving husband, a proud and caring father, an uncle, a godfather, a mentor and a friend. Above all else, Dr. Robinson was a Holy Ghost filled preacher of the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. He will be missed immensely and remembered with great fondness.
He was predeceased by his parents, The Rev. Roosevelt Robinson, Sr. and Della Waddell Robinson and siblings, the Rev. Roosevelt Robinson, Jr., Mrs. Willie M. Thompson and Min. Louis Robinson
He is survived by his dutiful wife of 44 years, Jerelene ("Brido" as he affectionately referred to her) Robinson, Stamford, Conn.; one daughter, Lorenda M Robinson, Riverdale, N.Y.; one son, Royal W. Miller, Clearwater; sister, Mrs. Sallie Johnson (Andrew), Chipley; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Pearlie Robinson, Marianna and Mrs. Dorthula McQueen (Milton), Palm Coast; one granddaughter, Ashley Yvette Miller, Clearwater; goddaughter, Sharon Brunswick, Baltimore, Md.; "adopted" daughter, Patrice D. McNeil, M.D., Charlotte, N.C.; "adopted" daughter, Pamela Haynes, Queens, N.Y. and a plethora of adoring nieces, nephews, godchildren, colleagues, former classmates, co-workers, friends and his beloved family at the '21' Club NYC.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Dec. 4, 2013