Robby Len Echols

May 14, 1955March 4, 2018

Robby Len Echols, 62, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018.

He was born May 14, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Robby was a courier with CHI St. Vincent and a member of First Lutheran Church. He was an avid horse racing fan and enjoyed coaching and watching his sons play ball.

Robby was one of twelve children born to the late Hubert & Cecil (Smith) Echols. He is preceded in death by six of his siblings, Gene Echols, H.C. Echols, Joy Echols Shackleford, his twin Bobby Echols and Loretta Echols; and a brother-in-law Rev. Gene Ellis.

He is survived by his wife, of 39 ½ years, Sharon (Rosamond) Echols; children Tyler (Tonashae) Echols and Bradley Echols (Brooke); siblings Janet Minton (Kenneth), Julia Winfrey, Ricky Echols (Stacy), Dicky Echols (Brenda), Geneva Ellis and Mary Lewis; brother-in-law David Shackleford; when Robby was promoted to “PawPaw” he enjoyed the smiles and spending time with grandchildren Kaplan Connor Echols, Ali Grace Echols, Amsleigh Hope Echols and Haven Rae Echols who were the light of his life; his mother-in-law & father-in-law Nancy & Lyle Reininger, 24 nieces and nephews and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Kyle Echols, Chad Echols, Frankie Ellis, Jason Minton, Danny Brown and Jeff Brown. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Robert Muldoon & Staff, Dr. David Pruitt & Staff; the staff of St. Vincent clinics, X-ray & Lab, David Rosamond, Dr. John Brandt & Dr. Steven Mathew and staff and Dr. Gary Slaton & his wife Cathy.

Visitation will be Tuesday 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Gross Funeral Home. Celebration service will be 2:00 pm Wednesday at First Lutheran Church with Pastor Jonathon Beyer officiating. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park. Afterward family & friends are invited back to the church for a time of fellowship and dinner.


  • Sharon Echols, Wife
  • Tyler & his wife Tonashae Echols, Son
  • Bradley & his wife Brooke Echols, Son
  • Kaplan Connor Echols, Grandchild
  • Ali Grace Echols, Grandchild
  • Amsleigh Hope Echols, Grandchild
  • Haven Rae Echols, Grandchild
  • Nancy Reininger, Mother-in-law
  • Lyle Reininger, Father-in-law
  • Cecil Echols, Mother
  • Hubert Echols, Father
  • Janet & her husband Kenneth Minton, Sister
  • Julia Winfrey, Sister
  • Ricky & his wife Stacy Echols, Brother
  • Dicky & his wife Brenda Echols, Brother
  • Geneva Ellis, Sister
  • Mary Lewis, Sister
  • David Shackleford, Brother-in-law
  • Gene Echols, Brother
  • H.C. Echols, Brother
  • Joy Echols Shackleford, Sister
  • Bobby Echols, his twin, Brother
  • Loretta Echols, Sister
  • Rev. Gene Ellis, Brother-in-law
  • 24 nieces & nephews and numerous great & great-great nieces and nephews

  • Kyle Echols, Pallbearer
  • Chad Echols, Pallbearer
  • Frankie Ellis, Pallbearer
  • Jason Minton, Pallbearer
  • Danny Brown, Pallbearer
  • Jeff Brown, Pallbearer
  • Dr. Robert Muldoon & Staff, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. David Pruitt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Staff of St. Vincent clinics, X-ray & Lab, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Rosamond, Honourary Pallbearer
  • Doctors John Brandt & Steven Mathew and staff , Honourary Pallbearer
  • Dr. Gary Slaton & his wife Cathy, Honourary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • Celebration Service Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Robby Len Echols

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Charlene Yarbrough (Sheets)

March 8, 2018

Iam so sorry to hear of Robby passing. I will always have very fond memories of all from our skating days. Iam praying for peace and comforting for all

Dave Colwell

March 7, 2018

Sorry to hear of Robby’s passing. Knew him from the Red Diamond Battery days. My condolence to the Echols’s family.

Kathryn Carson

March 7, 2018

I remember watching Robby & Bobby playing basketball for Cutter; I had to remember their jersey #''s in order to tell them apart.

From basketball games, junior&senior prom, their wedding, and many, many, more cherished times together over 40+ years, Robby & Sharon, are just like family.

I will miss Robby, as so many will, but I'm glad he is in heaven, watching over his family & friends, and picking his horses, and "rejoicing with the LORD".

J.r. Harper

March 6, 2018

Sharon and family, Beck and I are so sorry for your loss. I've known you since high school and known Robby for over 40 years. I'll always remember playing basketball with and against him at the YMCA which is where we met and seeing him at the track. Laying out his table with his form, program, and his cup of coffee. Although we were never really close friends, we always spoke to each other when we saw each other. He was a very good man that I know loved his family dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jerry Edgin

March 6, 2018

Praying for the Echols family. Robby will be missed.

Barbara Jones (Overton)

March 6, 2018

I wanted to send condolences to you and your family on the passing of Robby. I remember our days at the skating rink and in fact, remember you having an eye for Robby then. And then you have had a beautiful fairy tale life with him.. You have many wonderful memories to enjoy! Sherry I am so sorry for your loss! I send love and prayers your way!

Susie White

March 6, 2018

I was so saddened to learn of Robby's passing. I know he will be missed by all family and friends who knew him. You, your boys, and grandbabies will be in my thoughts and prayers.

With my deepest sympathy,
Susie White

Shirley Willis

March 6, 2018

Words are hard to find when you lose someone who has been your friend for almost 50 years. Robby was a wonderful husband, son, father, father-in-law, PawPaw, brother, and friend. I will miss him terribly and always remember him fondly. He was truly one of the kindest and most gentle individuals I have ever known. His wife, Sherry, and I have been friends since we were in kindergarten (which is a long time). Robby always understood and encouraged our sisterhood...he endured our silliness and loved us anyway. I was truly honored to call this man my friend and he will forever have a special place in my heart!


March 5, 2018


Sharon Loftis

March 5, 2018

Sharon and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that God sends his healing Angels to your hearts. I know your precious memories will be a tremendous help. I wish I were in Arkansas so Icould see you but I will soon. Love, Sharon


Robby Len Echols was born in Hot Springs, AR on May 14, 1955. He shared his birthday with his twin brother Bobby. His childhood years were spent with his eleven brothers and sisters and his parents Hubert and Cecil Echols. He was an all around athlete in the sports of basketball, baseball, and volleyball. He graduated from Cutter Morning Star in 1974.

He met the love of his life in March of 1969 at the skating rink after Sharon and her best friend, Shirley, schemed up a plan to play a damsel in distress to get Robby’s attention. They got married in 1978 at First Lutheran Church in Hot Springs. For a short time, they ventured into owning their own Mexican restaurant Pancho Villas La Casa. They enjoyed their time of two by canoeing, camping, and anything in the outdoors until 1985 when they had their first child Tyler Echols. They spoiled Tyler for 4 years until their second child, Bradley, was born in 1989. Robby found his new passion of being a father and coaching the two boys with their own sports.

Robby worked as a courier for St. Joseph and Mercy for most of his late life. Robby was an advocate of horse racing. You could find him frequently at Oaklawn racing. He even owned a race horse at one time with his brothers. As his children grew older and his family expanded with daughter in laws and grandchildren, he spent his last 6 years devoting his time to them. He loved playing cowboy, having tea parties, and his lap was never too small. In the past year of his sickness, he never lost his patience, kindness, and love for his family. He loved the Lord and was ready to meet his Savior in the end. He will carry on his legacy with his family and with all of the lives that he has touched.