I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.
Jim, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Jim or Big Jim as he was known, finished his race on Good Friday, March 29, 2013, surrounded by family.
James Edward Robinson was born on Dec. 2, 1929, in New Albany, to Anna Dean Robinson and William B. Robinson. Jim had one older brother, Charles W. Robinson. All preceded him in death.
He was an all-state tackle from New Albany High School. He was awarded a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University, but chose Indiana University instead. He enlisted in the U. S. Army and served his country near the end of the Korean War Conflict. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration/accounting from IU. Jim was a top computer salesman for General Electric. He was a lifetime member and past Governor of Kiwanis and a Kentucky Colonel. Jim was a former Clark County Chairman of the Republican Party. He was a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention. He co-founded Applied Business Systems, a computer time-sharing company, and was a pioneer in the personal computer industry when he started the Computery.
Jim's greatest accomplishments were as a husband, father, grandfather and friend. He married high school sweetheart Barbara nearly 56 years ago. Jim was a loving and patient father to his children, Cara, Eric and Mark. He loved his daughter-in-law Lorie as his own, wept at the death of his son-in-law Cary and welcomed a second son-in-law Jim into the family 10 years later. He delighted in his grandchildren, Ashley and J.R.
Jim maintained many friendships. He enjoyed heading to the New Albany Roadhouse to watch Indiana basketball and away football games. He left lasting impressions on everyone he met — even in the worst of his illnesses. He was gracious and appreciative of the care of the many doctors, nurses and aides who tended to him.
Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara Lancaster Robinson; children, Cara Lea R. Willoughby, Eric D. Robinson and Mark A. Robinson; son-in-law, Jim Willoughby; daughter-in-law, Lorie K. Robinson; grandchildren, Ashley K. Robinson and James Robert “J.R.” Robinson; sister-in-law, Marjorie L. Hester; and brother-in-law, James A. Lancaster; nieces, nephews and a great host of friends.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, with a celebration of his life beginning at 7p.m. at Chapman's Funeral Home, Clarksville.
Expressions of sympathy and honor can be a donation to your favorite charity.