James Robinson, 80, of Hamburg, died on December 31, 2017 at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village.
Mr. Robinson was a native of Freer, Texas; a resident of Hamburg for over 40 years and a former resident of Malvern, Portland, Oregon and Houston, Texas.
He attended Henderson College and was a veteran of the United States Army. He worked for the Arkansas State Police from 1968 until 1973, the Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 10 years in Crossett, Portland, Oregon and Houston, Texas and he served as the Ashley County Sheriff for 10 years. He enjoyed fishing and loved spending time and visiting with people.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Lavada Wallace Robinson, a brother, Paul Robinson and a sister, Delphia McDermott
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sarah Varnell Robinson; a daughter, LouAnne Richardson of Hamburg; a son, Jimmy Robinson and wife, Kaye, of Crossett; a brother, Curtis Robinson and wife, Melba, of Friendship; three grandchildren, Brandon Murphy and wife, Lauren, Aaron Murphy and Kerra Leigh Powell and Michelle MacCloskey; four step-grandchildren, Brad McGhee and wife, Kelley, Lance McGhee and wife, Vanessa, April Spence and husband, Justin, and Craig Handley and wife, Laura, and a very special friend, Jayda Beth Knight.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 3 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and David Oliver officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers are David Oliver, Jim Culp, Johnny Pierce, Brandon Murphy, Aaron Murphy, Brad McGhee, Lance McGhee and Craig Handley. Honorary pallbearers will be the Ashley County Sheriff, Tommy Sturgeon, and deputies, all law enforcement officers of Ashley County, and Brandy Dye.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.