Clifton H. Robbins

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HAMPTON - Clifton H. Robbins, 92, passed away peacefully July 7, 2014 at home surrounded by family. Born on September 3, 1921 in the Appalachian Mountains, Lee County, VA, in Keokee, he was the oldest of nine children born to John Clint and Maggie Robbins. He attended high school in Keokee, VA. Clifton worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, which provided jobs to families unable to find employment during the Great Depression as well as implemented the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. He then enlisted in the Army at the age of 18 during the Great Depression, one year before the draft started. After leaving the Army, he worked at Gardner Board and Carpenter Co. in Cincinnati, OH. He then worked as a Security Guard at the Newport News Shipyard where he retired in 1986. Throughout his army career, Clifton was assigned many jobs and was stationed in four different locations throughout the United States and Europe. He was a Squad Leader, Provost Sergeant, Heavy Truck Driver, and a Staff Car Driver. He was first stationed at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia in January of 1940. While there he was a Chief Clerk in the Utilities Department and was in charge of the machine and carpenter shops. He also was an iceman and delivered ice to the officers' quarters. He was fortunate to meet President Theodore Roosevelt while stationed at Fort Monroe. He transported the band that played for the president at all of the functions and was at the dock when the president left the post. Mr. Robbins was later assigned to Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the Sergeant and Squad Leader for the 380th Engineer Combat Battalion. At Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia, he served as Provost Sergeant at the 2nd Army Stockade on special assignment managing 250 American prisoners as well as the American prisoners at the Engineer Stockade. His final assignment was in Heilbronn, Germany where he was a Sergeant with the 106th division and helped manage 125,000 prisoners who were mostly German and Polish. At the end of the war, while in Europe, he drove convoys of prisoners to the towns closest to their homes. His dedication to his country has continued through his involvement with the American Legion Post 31, Veterans of Foreign War Post 3219, Disabled American Veterans, and Forty and Eight Honor Society of Veterans where he served in many offices including Conducteur, all of which he was a Lifetime Member. Clifton was extremely active with Post 31 and held the office of Sergeant of Arms at Post 31 and the American Legion 3rd District, Department of Virginia. He supported American Legion baseball through field operations, snack bar and gate operations, and was instrumental in ensuring the success of the mobile Vietnam Wall "The Wall that Heals" as well as the operation of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy games throughout the peninsula. Unless he was ill or out of town, Clifton was present every Tuesday night to help with Post 31 Bingo. Additionally, Clifton assisted at many levels of the American Legion Oratorical Contests and post level interviews for Boys State. Clifton was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, June, brothers Glen, Dallas, and Marshall and sisters Lena Mae Robbins and Anna Lee McElyea, oldest daughter Lois Scott, and grandson Cooper Diggs. He is survived by his daughters Sharon (Max) Andrucci and Gloria (Weldon) Diggs; 7 grandchildren, Gay Lynne (Scott) Armstrong, Eddie (Tammy) Scott, Kim Bright, Maxie (Elizabeth) Andrucci, Kevin (Jill) Diggs, Brady (Brynna) Diggs, Kyle Diggs; 10 great grandchildren, Kristen Edwards, Timmy Scott, Lauren Armstrong, Maxie Andrucci, Joseph Armstrong, Chase Andrucci, Jaime Bright, Jessie Bright, Chynen Bright, Addison Bright and one on the way, Mackenzie Diggs, one great-great grandchild, Olivia Scott; and his very special friend Gussie Murray. His brothers Cecil and Richard Robbins, and sister Janet Davis also survive him. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 10th at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 11th, 2:00 pm at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Peninsula Memorial Park. A reception will be held immediately following at the American Legion Post 31. Memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post 31, 4020 Victoria Blvd, Hampton, VA, 23669.
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Published in Daily Press from July 9 to July 10, 2014
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