Robinson, William

ROBINSON, Sr., William A. "Bill"

Age 92, peacefully passed away at his home in Dunwoody, Georgia on September 28, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. William, better known as Bill to his friends and colleagues, grew up in Elm Grove, Louisiana. Bill grew up helping his parents and siblings on the farm which ultimately shaped the hardworking and devoted family man that William Robinson grew up to be. After high school graduation, Bill served his country in the Air Force during WWII, and then his steadfast faith led him to Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor's degree and met the love of his life, Betty Jane Black. The two married on August 29, 1954.

After college, William was employed by the YMCA and spent the next 42 years building relationships and programs at what became his second home. He moved to Atlanta Metro YMCA in 1963 and built a life in Chamblee, Georgia where he and his wife raised three beautiful children. After serving the YMCA for 42 years, he retired in 1990, but his influence served many children, teens, and men. Many long lasting friendships were formed during his years at the YMCA and his other home away from home, Chamblee First United Methodist Church. William was an avid traveler throughout his life. He enjoyed camping in the Blueridge Mountains, traveling throughout the south to visit friends and family, and cruising the open seas to visit some of his favorite places, like Nova Scotia and the English countryside. He volunteered often and spent many early mornings playing racquetball at the YMCA.

William is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Betty Jane Black Robinson, daughters, Sarah Jane Robinson and Patricia R. Stephens, and his son, W. Allen Robinson Jr. and wife Kimberly. Grandchildren Brittany Tripp and husband Cory Tripp, Laura Stephens, Allison Stephens, Zachary Robinson, Josh Robinson, and Katherine Robinson. Great grandchildren Amelia and Sadie Tripp. Sister Jane R. Phipps and a number of beloved nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Bill is preceded in death by parents, Alma and George T. Robinson, two brothers George T. Robinson and James A. Robinson.

A memorial service will be planned at Bill's beloved church, Chamblee United Methodist Church, on September 18, at 2 PM. Any donations may be made to Chamblee First United Methodist Church. The service will be officiated by Dr. Royeese Stowe and Dr. Eric Lee with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall. 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30341.