William K. Robinson ("Bill"), 85, died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday April 17, 2013.
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A resident of Deming since 1989, he was proud to call Deming his home.
Bill, an only child, was born in 1927 in Loudon, Tennessee. He graduated from Loudon High School on May 24, 1945 without missing a single day of school in 12 years. He was active in student government and sports.
He acquired the nickname of "toe" for his famous goal post kicks. He was class president.
The day following graduation, the class president married the class valedictorian and the love of his life, A. Faye Robinson. They were married for 60 years before her death in 2006.
Bill served stateside in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He settled in Americus, GA after his discharge. His daughter, Cynthia Ann, was born there in 1947, the beginning of the large family he desired.
When he enrolled in Nashville Auto-Diesel College, the family relocated to Nashville, TN where they lived for 19 years and expanded their family with three more children. He was shop foreman for Robert Orr, Inc. and Neely Coble, Inc. He also taught for Nashville Auto-Diesel College. He was transferred to the larger Neely Coble facility in Bowling Green, KY where the family moved in 1972.
Bill was a Boy Scout Leader and very active in his church, serving as Sunday School Superintendent, and as member of the board. At First United Methodist Church in Deming he was head usher for many years. He also loved square dancing and served as president of the Deming Square Dance Club.
Bill is predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Sam Robinson; grandsons Dwight Beeler and Mark W. Keen; daughter, Cynthia Ann Beeler; son, William M. Robinson; and wife A. Faye Robinson.
He is survived by daughter, Susan Keen (Gary); son, John Mark Robinson; grandchildren Tracy Beeler, Michalia and Amber Robinson; Scott Kolman-Keen (Sarah), Christopher Keen; great grandson, Tyler Beeler; daughters-in-law, Robin Robinson and Jammie Nolan; and sister-in-law, Anne McKenzie.
Upon learning of his death, his granddaughter said it best: "I have never known of a better grandfather."
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at 10 o'clock in the morning at the First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ernie Vineyard officiating. A private burial service will be held in Madisonville, TN.
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Published in Deming Headlight on May 4, 2013