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Blue Ridge Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV

OBITUARY

Bobbie Edward Robinson

December 17, 1935May 13, 2020

Bobbie E. Robinson, 84, of Beckley formerly Sophia, went to be with his heavenly father on May 13, 2020. He was born in Helen, West Virginia on December 17, 1935 to Fred Robinson and Jay Greer Robinson. In 1954 he joined the United States Air Force, obtaining the rank of MSgt and serving twenty years and 14 days; retiring April 30, 1974. Bobbie attended Beckley College obtaining a business administration degree in 1982. After many years, he also went on to retire from FedEx Express in Beckley WV. Bobbie is survived by sons, Michael Robinson of Beckley and Doug Robinson and wife, Mary Barr Robinson of Sophia; grandchildren, Chris Robinson and wife, Tiffany, Jonathan Robinson, Zack Robinson, Sara Robinson Boggs and husband, Dustin, and Nick Robinson; great-grandchildren, Broc Robinson and Makenzi Boggs; special family members to mention, Frank and Mark Robinson both of Brevard N.C., Eric Robinson of TX, Ladawn Weaver of Fairmont and Pam Poff of OH. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred; mother, Jay; wife of 57 years, Phyllis A. (Poff) Robinson; sister, Kethel Holley; brother, Frank. Bobbie’s true passion was fastpitch softball, which began while serving in the USAF and continued until he was unable to participate. He began as a position player as pitcher and catcher, later focusing on pitching. He loved the sport so much, after Bobbie retired from FedEx he began coaching. His students ranged from high school students to Professional Athletes. He was also a long-time member of Sophia Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Monday, May 18th, 2020 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Don Kelly officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Garden of the Last Supper of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a local Girls Fastpitch Softball Organization or to Hospice of Southern West Virginia-Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr., Beckley, WV. For those who wish to attend the services, on behalf of the family we ask that you practice social distancing according to the current CDC guidelines. Our staff appreciates your understanding during this difficult time. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Girls Fastpitch Softball Organization
  • Hospice of Southern West Virginia-Bowers Hospice House

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 18, 2020

Memories

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Ramona Irvin

May 19, 2020

Dear Doug, Mary and Family, We have so many good memories of Bobbie and his days here at the Bayberry, He is so missed ….but fondly remembered. He was always a gentleman, kind and caring to all the other residents and staff. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of his life. We Loved Him, and will never forget him. Ramona Irvin

Deborah Colclasure

May 15, 2020

Bobby was such a good man. I haven’t seen him in a few years but he was always dear to me. His Mom was always so proud of him. Loved you Cousin.

Christina Pittman-Persinger

May 15, 2020

When you look back over your life the obvious game changers are undeniable. You easily recognize the many people whom impacted your life, your life choices, and your chosen life path. For me, this man was a game changer. From the age of 15 I was fortunate to call him my pitching coach. Bob was consistent, and hard-working. He expected his pitchers to be the same and allowed us no room for excuses. If it was a practice night and there was a school dance, you were at practice. No discussion, no excuses, you practiced. He sculpted a culture of hard-working, dedicated pitchers, with the sole mind set of being dominate on the mound. Dominate. Impose your will on the batter. Show them who we are. Reach back for a little more. A few of the many phrases of encouragement I can remember him quietly instilling in my mind.
He was there for me in high school and college. At times I would drive home from college just to get an hour of practice with him. I was convinced that he was the best pitching coach and I truly only wanted his advice. All those years he built my self confidence, my confidence in him grew.
At the time, my focus was winning but now I can see the gifts he truly gave me-confidence, work ethic, determination, and dedication. Bob changed the life course of a generation of female athletes by teaching them to become dedicated pitchers. I’m thankful for his devotion to me,and for the countless hours he spent coaching. He leaves a legacy of young women who are now instilling the same qualities in their children. He has impacted generations! I love you Bob!

Amanda Hill

May 15, 2020

I had a pleasure of taking care of your dad at Bayberry Retirement Home so sorry for your loss I will keep your family in my prayers

Dee Miller

May 14, 2020

One of the best coaches I ever had. He spent alot of time with us Lady Cougars. He loved us and we loved him! Rest easy Coach!

Christi Jarrett

May 14, 2020

Sending prayers and thoughts of comfort

denny mitchem

May 14, 2020

Thanks for always being nice to me and I will always remember the dinners at Jay's and our baseball talks. Rest in peace and now you will be with your whole family. God speed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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