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William Joe Robinson
November 10, 1942  -  September 11, 2018


Joe died Tuesday, September 11, 2018, following a brief illness. He was an outdoor enthusiast, delightful friend, charming Southern gentleman, devout Christian, and a devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather.
He was born November 10, 1942 in Cleveland, MS, to James L. and Pauline (Williams) Robinson. He graduated from Shaw High School in 1963 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Delta State University in 1967. He married the love of his life, Hilda Hogue of Skene, in 1966. Joe and Hilda had two children, Mimi and Joe Dan. They made their life in the fields of the Mississippi Delta near Benoit. Joe was employed at Delta & Pine Land as a farm manager until the early 1980s. He later ran his own farm operation until his family relocated to Harrison, AR in 1989.

During their years in Arkansas, he worked with Hilda in their family businesses, From the Heart, and later Lawn Ranger. Later, he occupied his time with odd-jobs, often bartering work with friends in order to recruit help for his ongoing outdoor projects. Joe loved their property and took great joy in using it in service to others. He was never happier than when he and Hilda were entertaining church friends, youth groups, or family gatherings in their backyard where he could always be found behind a grill or smoker. Farming was Joes passion, even long after he retired. He had a deep and abiding love for the Delta land and all who worked its soil, and he made his way back to it as often as he could. His presence during harvest will be missed by many for years to come.

Joe was a member of Eagle Heights Baptist Church where he was actively involved in his Sunday school class. He served his church family faithfully as needs arose. Joe was a jack-of-all-trades and he never turned away a friend or stranger who needed his help.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Hilda (Hogue) Robinson; their two children, Mimi Martinson and husband Allen of Ridgeland, MS and Joe Dan Robinson and wife Carly of Stoneville; four grandchildren, Mia Martinson and Max Martinson of Ridgeland and Katie Bell and Addison Bell of Stoneville; two brothers, James Paul Robinson and wife Arleene of Shaw, MS and Don Robinson and wife Judy of Hartsville, TN; and his sister-in-law, Grady Robinson, of Shaw. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother, Al Robinson.

A memorial service for William Joe Robinson of Harrison, AR, formerly of Benoit, MS, was held at Eagle Heights Baptist Church Friday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m. under the direction of Roller-Christeson Funeral Home, Harrison. The family received visitors one hour prior to the service at the church.

There was a visitation at Benoit Union Church at 1:30 p.m. prior to the graveside service.

Interment was Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. in Shaw Cemetery, Shaw, MS, under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville, MS.

Honorary pallbearers were Joes Harrison friends: Merrill Pruett, Don Dexter, Dr. Lyn Keener, Raymond Barnard, Gary Barnard, Mike McCutcheon, Barry Werner and Dale Minor and his Delta friends: Bobby Fancher, Phil Poe, H. L. Ritchie and Charlie Nelson.

Memorials may be made to Eagle Heights Baptist Church, 703 E. Walters, Harrison, AR 72601 or Benoit Union Church, Preston Street, Benoit, MS 38725.

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