Tom Ellis Robinson
April 19, 1936 – June 30, 2019
Tom Ellis Robinson joyfully met his Jesus on June 30, 2019, after suffering a massive stroke. He was 83. Born the youngest of seven brothers and one sister, he made his debut at home, on the family farm, April 19, 1936, to John Wesley Robinson and Mary Elizabeth Price Robinson, a Plano pioneer family. Tom grew up making mischief with his brothers and enjoying farm life, later graduating from Prosper High School, where he was an award-winning member of FFA. Through the years, he loved telling people he graduated in the top 20 of his class (there were only 19 students). After graduation, he entered the work force with Mobil Oil, then housed in the Magnolia building in downtown Dallas. He started in the basement print shop and literally worked his way up the building, to the commercial marketing department, before retiring in 1991. It was there where he met his beloved Sharon, marrying her at his home church, First Christian, Plano, on September 3, 1960, enjoying almost 59 years of marriage. Together, they raised their three children, Melinda, Keith, and Roger, in the same church, where he served as both Deacon and Elder, and between two homes, one in east Plano and one in west. His service extended to his country in the Air National Guard and to the Plano Masonic Lodge, where he followed his father and all his brothers, serving as master of the Lodge. Outside all his service, however, his priority was his family, as he attended every school, sports, and music performance of all three children, and made sure they knew every member of their extended family, taking them “visiting” every Sunday, after church. Following retirement, when he wasn’t investing and delighting in his grandchildren (and, later, great-grandchildren), his service didn’t stop, as he and Sharon provided many years of church services for a local nursing home community and sponsored the Happy Day senior group at First Christian for 18 years. Tom never knew a stranger, quickly making friends who all felt they were his best, and remaining loyal to each one, regardless of time and distance. He was a sunset-lover, fall-leaf-gazer, and wild-flower-presenter. He dreamed of tinkering with vintage cars and passionately belted out Southern-Gospel with the gusto of a stage performer, whether in key, or not. The love of his Savior was regularly fleshed out through good-natured jokes, ear-to-ear grins, and breath-stealing hugs, gifting countless people with his hallmark encouragement, and forever changing the landscape of heaven with his well-spent, faithful time on earth.
He was welcomed into heaven by his parents, John and Mary Robinson, brothers and sisters-in-law, James (Margaret) Robinson, JW (Irma) Robinson, Quentin (Altha) Robinson, Leland (Grace) Robinson, Vernon (Ann) Robinson, Lewis Robinson, sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen (Frank) Hanna, and nephew and niece, Leland Howell (Leah) Robinson. He is deeply missed by his wife, Sharon Robinson, children, Melinda (Kevin) Garman, Keith (Beth) Robinson, Roger (Laurie) Robinson, grandchildren, Maddie Garman, Emmie (Todd) Gilmore, Owen Robinson, Luke Robinson, and Claudia Leede, great-grandchildren, Lilli, Brody, and Landry Gilmore, nieces and nephews, Lisa (Jeff) Welsh, Jane Rhoades, Margaret (Mark) Sutton, Rebecca (Jesse) Morris, Mary Robinson, Johnnie (Pat) Robinson, Carolyn (Tommy) Long, and Beverly (Robert) Davis, two generations of great nieces and nephews, and countless dear friends.
Visitation will be held at Ted Dickey Funeral Home - Plano, 2128 18th St., Plano, TX 75074, on Sunday, July 7, 2019, from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held at First Christian Church, 813 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074, on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 11:00am, where the family can be greeted immediately following, in the Fellowship Hall. Interment service will take place at Plano Mutual Cemetery at 1:30 PM, 2128 18th St., Plano, TX, 75074. Memorial donations can be made to Texas Baptist Men, 5351 Catron, Dallas, TX 75227, www.texasbaptistmen.org or A House on Beekman, 321 Beekman Ave. #2, Bronx, NY 10454, www.ahouseonbeekman.org.
- Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2019
- Reception Monday, July 8, 2019
- Committal Service Monday, July 8, 2019
Tom Ellis Robinson
Donna Templin Ellioty
July 8, 2019
What a beautiful video in honor of Tom and his life. My family is from Prosper and there are many of my family that are also graduates of Prosper High School. Tom and his family are very well respected among the old Prosper community. Know Sharon and family y’all are in our prayers.
July 7, 2019
Tom was one of my favorite people in this world. There was no one I know who had a more giving heart. I always knew that Tom would be there any time I needed him.
He set a precedent of this behavior early in our relationship. When I first moved to Plano, to work with the Pitman Creek Church of Christ, he volunteered to help me move my office. This was no small thought. He took the day and went with me to Belton, TX and loaded up a trailer with 100 boxes of books. He worked hard and smiled even harder.
Tom and Sharon have been a blessing to all they know and I thank God for bringing us into each other's lives. You never tried to bring joy into other's lives - you just did it, because that is what God used you to do. Thank you for reflecting the Glory of God!!!
July 5, 2019
Tom and I shared the same birthday, but I was two years older. Tom and I were cousins. His mother was my dad's sister. When I was 10,11,12,13 years old I would go spend the summer with the Robinson's on the farm. I lived in Denton and country life was quite
different. . We also did chores. We carried a slop bucket to feed the hogs. We chopped cotton, often getting into stinging nettles. I felt like a brother instead of a cousin. We had so much fun. I loved the Robinson's and felt like a family member. Tom's memory will always be with me. I loved him very much. I hope Sharon's strong faith guides her as she deals with his loss. Jacob Price
Callie McMillan Thomas
July 4, 2019
Tom Robinson was a wonderful friend; our families having met @ church in the early 1960’s. A loving soul, amazing family man & gentleman to all—
I will always remember him mowing the lawn, driving a Ford falcon, loving his children, being passionately devoted to family & eating Sharon’s delicious chocolate cakes. My heart, thoughts & prayers are with the dear Robinson family. My love to each of you.
-Callie McMillan Thomas
Camille Showalter Fredrickson
July 3, 2019
I grew up in First Christian Church and don’t remember ever a time I didn’t know Tom and Sharon, from my time at Sunday School as a preschooler all the way to when they taught our adult Sunday School class. Tom had an energy for serving that could not and would not stop.
The joy he had in celebrating other people’s victories was equally as strong as his empathy for those who were struggling. I’ll never forget when one of our Sunday School members was having a health problem. Tom gave one of his patented “breath stealing hugs” and shed more than one tear, sharing her pain.
Conversely, he celebrated each new birth as if it were his own grandchild! How wonderful it was to spend time with both him and Sharon in Sunday School. Truer witnesses to a love for God cannot exist. Tom’s huge smile and kind eyes must be putting an extra shine in heaven right now.
July 3, 2019
If there wasn’t a word said or printed about Tom, the family pictures tell his whole story of love. Tom was love.
July 3, 2019
Tom and my father, Milt Kays were co-workers at Mobil and very good friends. I will always remember fondly of how good a friend he was to my father. Growing up in Plano, Tom and my dad used to discuss old cars as we had a couple of old Mustangs we were restoring and he had a 1960's Ford Ranchero. They were also active in the Plano Senior High School marching band when the kids were in school. Tom and Sharon have a beautiful and loving family.
Jeff and Gail Eallace
July 2, 2019
A great soul greatly missed.