Max Whitley Robinson

October 4, 1931December 31, 2012
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Max Whitley Robinson, 81, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012. He was born October 4, 1931 in Andrews, NC to the late George and Nell West Robinson. Max graduated from Gastonia High School in 1949 and retired from BB&T after 31 years of banking. He was a long time member of Unity Baptist Church, Gastonia, and is currently a member of First Baptist Church, Gastonia. He served 4 years in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served as music director in several Gastonia churches. He was a member of the Golden Chorus and a life member of the Gastonia Concert Association Board of Directors.

Max is survived by his wife of 53 years, Abby Gibson Robinson of Gastonia; son, George Gibson Robinson of Kings Mt. NC, daughters, Melissa Euchner (John) of Cleveland, NC, Cynthia Stelzig (Doug) of Rock Hill, SC; three grandchildren, Catherine and Clint Euchner and Kurt Stelzig; brother, Horace Robinson of Dallas, NC, sisters, Ann Wiley of Belmont, NC, Dorothy Walker of St. Petersburg, FL, Martha Badger of Hurst, TX; sister-in-law, Karen Jenkins (Charles) of Laurinburg, NC and brother-in-law, Harry Gibson (Henrietta) of Gulf Breeze, FL; several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 4 at First Baptist Church, 2650 Union Rd, Gastonia. Dr. Ray Ammons will preside. Entombment will follow at Gaston Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8PM at Carothers Funeral Home, 312 W. 2nd Ave, Gastonia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 6298, Gastonia, NC 28056

Online condolences may be made at:


  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2013

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January 24, 2013

Dear Cindy, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Know of our prayers for you all during this difficult time. Roger and Laura Dye, MTW CHILE

Elsie B, Chaney

January 5, 2013

Abby and Family, I am so sorry that Max has passed away. He had a wonderful voice, and was so friendly. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cathy Broome McGill

January 5, 2013

To Max's dear family we send our love and prayers for the comfort and peace that He alone can provide. I am so thankful that Max is such a huge part of my wonderful Unity Baptist Church memories....what a gifted human being who shared his joy through his beautiful smile and his love for music...."To God Be the Glory."

Tricia Elliott

January 4, 2013

Abbey, I'm so sorry to hear of Max's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jean Gray

January 4, 2013

Abby, I was so sorry to hear about Max's declining health and now his passing. He was short of stature, but great in every other way. He impacted many lives and I have many treasured memories of our Unity days. May Gods peace and comfort surround you.

January 4, 2013

Dear Abby and Family, Mother wanted me to add her condolences to you and your family! She was so saddened to learn of the death of her dear friend, Max Robinson! She is keeping you all so much in her thoughts and prayers! Much love! (Carolyn) for Chris Broome

January 3, 2013

Dear Abby, and All Your Family,
We are so sorry to learn of Max's death. He has been loved for many years by us and all our family! What a wonderful human being! We pray God will just hold you in the palm of His hand! "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches"! We love you! Mike & Carolyn Sosebee

Dr. Thomas J. Swilling & Staff

January 3, 2013

We will certainly miss his smiling face here. We always enjoyed his visits as he entertained us with such a lovely voice! He was always so positive when he came in for his dental visits! We want you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers! Dr.Thomas J. Swilling & Staff

Kay Withers

January 3, 2013

Abby, I was so sorry to hear of my dear friend Max's passing. He was a great man and will be deeply missed by all. You are in my prayers, God Bless you....

David Masters

January 2, 2013

So sorry to hear of Max passing! I met Max as a young police officer and I always considered him my friend. He spoke to me everytime I saw him and he never forgot who I was. He was truly one of a kind and earths loss is surely the heavenly choirs gain. May God comfort you during your time of loss, Max Robinson was one of the finest people I ever met.