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Friday May 29th, 2020
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David William Paul Robinson, Sr.
David William Paul Robinson, Sr. peacefully passed at home on May 24, 2020. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family during the last days of his life. David was born to Lora Robinson and L.T. Caracter on December 15, 1953 in San Francisco, California. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Terrie Williams-Thomas and Oscar Thomas. David was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brother John Edward McMillan, and grandson DeAngelo Robinson.
David joined the United States Marine Corps Active Duty on June 5, 1972 at the age of 18 as a Machine Gunner. He entered the service on a buddy pass with his lifelong best friend Henry “Crush” Lyons. A few years later, he transferred to the Marine Corps Reserves and completed his military duty on June 11, 1978 with an Honorable Discharge. David’s military service led him to Norfolk, Virginia where he met, married, and started a family with Henrine Willette Cooke. Although the union did not stay the course, they remained very close friends until her passing in 2018.
Education was very important to David, as he earned several Master’s Degrees and a PhD in Theology and Ministries. He was an Assistant Pastor for three years and had the honor of marrying two of his children and a plethora of family and friends.
Family held a special place in David’s heart. Not only did he devote his life to be the best husband, father/grandfather imaginable, he also enjoyed working with children. Over his lifetime he held many jobs to support his family, to include, but not limited to, the Candy Factory in Norfolk, St. Brides Correctional Facility, and Tidewater Detention Home. However, one of his most memorable places of employment was at the Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center. There he began employment as a Counselor and worked his way up to the Post-Dispositional Coordinator until his retirement on January 1, 2016. David met his present wife, Taquita Robinson in 2007 at the Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center and they married in 2019.
David was an avid reader, a lover of words, and he enjoyedexploring the world. Some of his fondest memories are vacationing in Europe with family and his solo trip to Cuba. He was a nature man. He loved his “Rain Walks” with his children when they were growing up and he continued these walks with his wife Taquita and his fur child King Kisser Robinson.
David is survived by his wife Taquita Janisha Ames Robinson, siblings; Anita Freeman, Mishelle Williams, Mitchell McMillan and Sonya Lee McMillan. Children; Antonio Cooke (Melissa), Carshena Lawrence (Lorenzo), David Robinson II (Shawnte’- fiancé), Daymen Robinson (Anetra), Derrick Robinson (Arnecia) and Kayla Robinson. Fur children; King Kisser Robinson, Peanut William Robinson, Akeelah Marie Robinson. Vera J. Ames, mother in law, Vernisha M. Ames, sister in law and Corey T. Denson Sr., brother in law. In addition, he is survived by seventeen grandchildren; Lashawnda Lynch, Terrell Polite, Destiny Jagoe, Tiarra Spencer, Teshara Spencer, Louis Spencer II, David Robison III, Jada Moore, Davonte Robinson, Daniyah Robinson, DeKaylen Robinson, Danielle Robinson, Daymen Robinson Jr., Derrick Robinson II, Darion Robinson, D ’Leah Robinson and Jeremiah Elliott. Two great-grandchildren; Royal Moore and Journee Spencer. He is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. David William Paul Robinson touched so many lives, he was loved, and will truly be missed.
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A candle was lit in memory of David Robinson, Sr.
A. Marine May 29 2020 12:00 AM
May God bless you forever in his Kingdom! God bless your family! Rob J, you were my partner at NDH for many years, your great wit and sense of humor and loyalty made you exceptional! NDH was a better place with you there! I am truly sadden but know you are with the true King! Will always remember you! Your Italian brother Ron Polizzi.
Ron Polizzi May 28 2020 12:00 AM
Mere words can never express the sadness I felt upon learning of my dear friend, David's, transition. He was a great encourager, and supporter during a very difficult period in my life. Through his faith in God, wisdom, and heart of gold, he was instrumental in shedding light in my path during some dark days. I will never forget his prayers and sincere concern. I will always cherish our conversations and the good laughter during my visits to NDH. Rarely in this life do we find genuinely true friends. I know for a fact that blessed by God to have had a gem of a friend such as David William Robinson, Sr. May his legacy remain alive through his family and friends, as his good works upon this earth reflect the imprints he left upon the hearts of so many....God's blessings to all.
Deborah Blount May 28 2020 12:00 AM
A kid in Post D told Rob J, If I dont get my home pass I am going to turn up. He told the kid, And I will turn you down.
Van Mitchell II May 28 2020 12:00 AM
To the Robinson family my deepest condolences and prayers. I was the class of 73 behind David. I played the same position he did on the team. Our late Coach would push me to play as good as David did. Every time I made a mistake, you got it , I heard the name David and how good he was. Even then in his absents he had left an impression, and set a high water mark for those who came behind to work hard to achieve something just a little higher. Judging the accolades posted here it's apparent David ran a good race. Now rest well my brother and fellow GBTT Bulldog.
Leonard Hall May 28 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of David Robinson, Sr.
Henry Lyons Jr May 27 2020 12:00 AM
Like I David was a member of the 1972 class of Green B. Trimble Tech. If I remember correctly those bow-legs were playing middle linebacker. There was certain temperament that went with that position. David seemed to be more fit to be the quarterback. Which is how he seemed to approach the defense from his position...as the QB. There were plenty of fools and in our class but David was not one of them. He and Norman Hall were, how you say, the voice of reason. Just a solid dude! This picture looks like the David I remember from those days, except for the highlights in his beard. Looks like you represented the class well Dave. Travel well my friend!
Don Mooney May 27 2020 12:00 AM
My sincere condolences to the family! Kimberly Parham, Kayla and the Robinson family may God provide you with the peace that surpasses all understanding. David was never lacking for wisdom and greatly shared it with his everlasting smile and cool flip-flops! Take your rest in heaven David Robinson! Schronda Daniels
Schronda Daniels May 26 2020 12:00 AM