MT. HOLLY - Joe David Robinson, 72, died July 12, 2014, at the Robin Johnson Hospice House after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Gaston County, to the late Ralph David Robinson and Lula Staton Robin-son.
He was also preceded in death by his sister Sue Cooper and is survived by nieces and cousins.
Joe Robinson was a deacon and a lifelong member of Goshen Free Will Baptist Church and he was a man strong in his faith of Jesus Christ. As a Christian man, he certainly set the example for others to fol-low. In 1963, he started his career as a barber in Stanley, NC and later opened his own shop in Mt. Holly in May of 1969. As a hairstylist, he was known by many both far and wide.
Joe loved music, especially gospel music and played a variety of instruments which he learned by ear including the guitar, violin, keyboard, autoharp, banjo, and harmonica.
Joe was also an accomplished photographer best known for his wedding photography and specifically his acute attention to bridal portraiture and posing. He was known throughout the state for these specific skills and Joe was always eager to teach others the skilled craftsmanship of artistic, traditional portrai-ture. Joe was a member of Professional Photographers of America for 34 years.
As a member of Profes-sional Photographers of North Carolina for over 35 years, Joe achieved his Craftsman Photographer Cer-tification and also was awarded his Fellowship achievement. He also served as a past board member and he chaired the Western Guild Seminar. He never tired of learning and was always on the front seat at every event and recently was working as a digital photographic artist. He was an amazing man that touched the hearts of many and will be missed.
Funeral services to celebrate Joe's life will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at Goshen Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Clayton E. Burch officiating.
Interment will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday also at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joe Robinson Memorial Fund made out to Goshen Free Will Baptist Church, 1300 W Catawba Ave, Mt Holly, NC 28120.
Arrangements handled by Benson Funeral & Cremation Services, Mt. Holly.www.bensonfuneralservices.com.