News and Tribune

October 17, 2013

James William ‘J.B.’ Robinson 79; Lanesville

— Funeral services for James William ‘J.B.’ Robinson 79, Lanesville, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 1127 E. Broadway, Louisville, with burial to follow St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, New Albany. He died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at his residence.

He was born May 8, 1934, in Clay City, to the late James D. and Sarah Ellen (Tiefel) Robinson.  

He was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Louisville. He was co-founder of Robinson-Nugent, Inc., and past chairman of the board of Caldwell Tanks, Inc., Stemwood, Inc., and Niemco, Inc. Jim was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Hall of Fame in 1998, earning the distinction of being the first father-son duo of inductees (his late father having been inducted in 1984).

Jim was a S.C.O.R.E. counselor, an investor in Rocket Man, Inc. and a past board member of Your Community Bank. He also served on the board of Kentuckiana Junior Achievement, Cedar Lake Foundation, and New Albany/Floyd County School Board. He was a Kentucky Colonel, an Indiana University Southeast Medallion recipient, a Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow, and was toasted at the 15th annual benefit of the Rotary Club of New Albany.

Jim was a firm believer in the free enterprise system and was a strong advocate for young people in the community, and his words of wisdom over the years will be remembered by many. A dedicated family man, Jim leaves a legacy of faith, integrity, hard work, generosity and loyalty.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 12 years, Phyllis (Eberle) Eichenberger Robinson; children, James E. Robinson, Elizabeth, Kathleen M. Burrows and husband Bill of English, and Elizabeth E. Trueblood and husband Todd, Columbia Falls, Mont.; William H. Eichenberger and wife Valerie, West Chicago, Ill., Daniel J. Eichenberger, M.D. and wife Stephanie, New Albany, Robert H. Eichenberger and wife Cindy, Lanesville, and Kenneth A. Eichenberger and wife Deanne, Floyds Knobs; Mary A. Miles and husband Stephen, Tampa, Fla., and Carrie L. Spencer, D.V.M. and husband Ben, Lanesville; and Terrie Robinson; sister Marcie Carlton and husband Dave, Borden; and sisters-in-law Paula Robinson, Floyds Knobs, and Jane Eberle, Louisville; and brother-in-law Harold Eberle, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

He leaves behind his loving grandchildren, Richard Summers and wife Kristen, Kristine Dawson and husband James, Marissa Hatfield and husband Chris, Brandon and Jacob Burrows , Joseph Robinson and wife Becca, Jennifer Laios and husband Chris, Sean Robinson and Nathan, Jason, Ashley and Aaron Trueblood, Annette, Jack, Blake, Sabrina, Daniel Jr. and wife Natalie, Jacob and wife Amanda, Stuart, Jared, Lucas, Alex, Matthew, Max, and Madelyn  Eichenberger, and Sally Carpenter and husband Scott, Holly Gunn and husband Ian, Megan and Ryan Gilmore,  and Caleb, Mason, and Parker Spencer, and  great-grandchildren, Julian and Isaac Worley and Lilly Dawson, Tucker Hatfield, Owen and Dax Robinson, KelliAnn, Wyatt, and Maggie Laios; MacKenzie and Lila Gunn and Cole, Vera, and Asher Eichenberger; one grandchild and four great grandchildren on the way; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Samuel Robinson.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Newcomer Funeral Home, New Albany, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Concordia Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kentuckiana Junior Achievement (1401 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY  40203). To leave a special message for the family, visit