Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC


Mr. Willard Canby Robbins

April 22, 1926December 18, 2012

Willard Canby Robbins, 86, of Greensboro, NC, passed away Tuesday December 18th at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Willard was born in Randleman, NC on April 22, 1926 to Willard Canby Robbins and Mary Hinshaw Robbins. He was a graduate of Randleman High School, The University of Missouri- Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Science in Economics. He was a veteran of the United States Naval Air Force during WWII serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a Flight Engineer, Petty Officer in PBM Squadron VPB-28. One of his proudest moments was participating in the Veterans Flight of Honor to Washington D.C. last year. He was a stock broker for over fifty years in Greensboro, and served his clients with pride at McDaniel-Lewis, Interstate Securities, Hornblower Weeks Hemple and Noyes, Wheat First Securities, Scott and Stringfellow, and most recently at Raymond-James.

Willard was a member of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church for many years, and has been a member of First Baptist Church for over twenty years.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of over fifty years Jane Allen Robbins. His sisters Nelle Robbins Wall, Ruby Alice Robbins, Daisy Robbins Farlow, Vera Robbins Allred, Nan Robbins Robbins, and Illa Robbins Bean also predeceased him. He is survived by his son Willard Canby Robbins III and his wife Eva Atwill Robbins and their children Charles Bishop Robbins and Eva Alice Robbins.

The Family will have visitation from 6pm until 8pm Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home at 515 N. Elm St. Greensboro, NC. Services will be held on Friday, December 21st, 2012 at 11:00am in the chapel at First Baptist Church at 1000 W. Friendly Ave. Greensboro, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to The Christian Assistance Fund care of First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC, 27401.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 21, 2012


Mr. Willard Canby Robbins

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Robert Aycock

December 30, 2012

So sorry to hear of your loss. Your grandfather was a great man and I know will be missed greatly.

Ellen and Frank Nelson

December 21, 2012

For the short time we new Mr. Robbins, we found him to be a delightful, friendly, concerned person. May you rest in peace. Ellen and Frank Nelson

Guyon Phillips

December 20, 2012

I knew Willard and Jane for many years in Church life. Willard and I shared a common interest in flying, but our relationship bonded most in our common commitment to God and His love. I'll miss that time we shared in the Bible Class.

December 20, 2012

I didn't know Mr. Robbins, but I feel a kinship to him. I, too, flew PBMs in the Navy just like Mr. Robbins. His death makes me sad because our ranks are thinning. God bless him and his family. Commander Joe Davis, USN (Ret) (Jamestown, NC)

Ami Bullins

December 19, 2012

We here at LeBauer Primary will miss Mr. Robbins. He was a kind man with a big heart and always greatful for the care he received here. May he rest in peace.

Verena Ruiz

December 19, 2012

Willard was truly one of the kindest sweetest people I've ever had the opportunity to meet. We worked together at Scott & Stringfellow and I'm glad to have met him. My condolences to his family.

Cynthia Kalish

December 19, 2012

My thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Robbins. I was fortunate to have been able to know him, as a caregiver, and he was always in good spirits every time I saw him. He was a thoughtful person, with chocolates in hand of course! I will always remember that about him, and his appreciation, as he never left with out saying thank you! He enjoyed life and now he will enjoy his new life above. Never to be forgotten, Mr. Robbins!