Charles William Robinson, son of William Campbell Robinson and Mae Campbell Robinson, departed this life on April 4, 2014 ,into the presence of his blessed Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mr. Robinson, who was often called Robbie by his friends, was born at home at Walton, West Virginia on July 29, 1936. Tragically, his mother passed away at his birth. Robbie was raised by his farmer/storekeeper father and his unmarried, Aunt Nannie. At four years old his father passed away from a long running illness.
Robbie showed an extraordinary talent for machines and electronics. As a teenage boy, he would wire neighbor's houses, fix their radios and repair the school's scoreboard and movie projectors. He also was a letterman basketball player and Drum Major for the band. Two men who had a large influence on him in his teen years were his uncle, Dewey Taylor and Cal Burkhalter.
After his aunt's death and graduation from high school, Robbie moved to Charleston with two goals: to repair electronics and to play the steel guitar.
There he met Barbara Rae Conrad, the woman who would share his life through over fifty years of marriage and also he began working in the radio shop for the Sears retail company. He became their main technician and repaired everything that Sears sold. He would go on to be the service and parts manager for many years.
Robbie taught himself to play guitar in a small country band and by 1970 had purchased a pedal steel guitar. At the same time, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Feeling a call to perform gospel music, he joined the Harbor Lights Trio/Quartet for ten years. He was also the pedal steel guitar instructor for Herbert's Music Company for many years. This also led to service at Valley View Baptist Church as the teen leader and adult Sunday School teacher. At the time of his passing, he was the senior Deacon.
In later years Robbie contracted rheumatoid arthritis, leading to his medical retirement. He still kept busy, often hosting the informal "Saturday Morning Steel Guitar Club" jams.
His largeness of spirit and generosity touched people. Many families had heat in the winter, working wells or their car running to get to work due to his abilities. He loved to make people laugh and he mentored many young people with his kindness, honesty and presence.
He is survived by wife, Barbara Conrad Robinson; son, William Charles Robinson (Tammy); daughter, Barbara Annette Nelson (Edward); and four grandchildren, Matthew Nelson, Megan Robinson, Mark Nelson and Nicholas Robinson. He is also survived by special friends Ted Thomas, Barry Wheeler, Opal Stewart, his co-workers at Sears, the Saturday Morning Steel Guitar Club, his church family, the musicians he had played with and the friends of his children that in turn became his friend.
Mr. Robinson's family would like to express their thanks to the members of the Hospice family who came into the Robinson home and made the family their own. They aided Mr. Robinson in his journey into eternity and the family could not have made it through without them. As a result, the family would like, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Kanawha Valley Hospice in his name at 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes with burial in Tyler Mountain Cemetery will follow. Officiating will be Paul Rice, Mike Elder and Mike Hanna. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.