Mr. Gene R. Robinson

January 8, 1923November 13, 2013

Shreveport, LA- A memorial service celebrating the life of Gene R. Robinson will be held at 1:30 PM at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, November 16, 2013. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Centuries on Friday, November 15, 2013.

After living a great life of almost 91 years, Gene went to his well-earned rest on November 13, 2013.

Gene was born in Mansfield, Louisiana, on January 8, 1923. He attended Bossier High School graduating in 1940. He then enrolled in Louisiana State University, where he attended school for two years before enlisting and proudly serving in the United States Army in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home and met his wife Billie on a blind date. They married on August 9, 1947. They then moved to Baton Rouge, where Gene resumed and completed his education at LSU graduating in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in geology. Following graduation, they returned to Shreveport, where Gene began his career as a geologist with Union Producing Company where he worked until 1969. He then joined Frank’s Petroleum as a senior geologist before embarking on a successful career as an independent petroleum geologist. He loved the oil and gas business, in which he remained actively involved until the end of his life.

Gene was one of a kind. He was generous with his time and a mentor to many. He was a great friend and was always willing to help others. He loved to laugh, flirt and tell jokes. He loved all things LSU, especially Saturday night football games.

Gene was the patriarch of our family and much loved by his large, extended family, including those related by blood and those he "inherited" along the way. He was predeceased by his father, Eugene R. Robinson, Sr., his mother, Pearl Blue Robinson, and his sister, Mary B. Guice Norton. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Billie Smith Robinson; two sons, Mark and wife Kathy of The Woodlands, Texas, and Bert of Shreveport, Louisiana; and daughter Kay of Shreveport, Louisiana; six grandchildren, Blake Lackey and wife Whitney, Alison Lackey Jackson and husband Bill, Matt Robinson and wife Emily, Alissa Robinson Wheat and husband Josh, Austin Robinson and Kara Robinson; five great-grandchildren, Luke Robinson, Reid Robinson, Ava Jackson, Blake Jackson, and Logan Lackey. He is also survived by his brother Billy Ross Robinson and wife Pat; sister-in-law, Linda Smith Morehead; and numerous nephews. The family expresses our love and gratitude to Gene’s wonderful caregivers, especially Nataki Parker Epps.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any memorials in Gene's honor be made to the Tiger Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 711, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

As Gene always said, “stay in there and fight ‘em”.

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November 23, 2013

We just learned of your loss and send our heartfelt condolences for this great loss. We treasure all of the times that we had with Gene and the rest of the family. Bobby and Mildred Smith Family.

November 19, 2013

Mark, Bert & Family,
Please permit me to extend my condolences to each of you. Although I don't remember the first time I meet Gene (a long time back , probably with my dad, H.A./"Dutch", at the P-club for lunch probably) I do remember that each and every time I saw him thereafter he was ALWAYS so kind and considerate and asking how either I or my dad was doing. He was also caring and encouraging and took time to just chat for a little. I'll miss him! My thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you all.
Steve Lenert

Laura Guice Thornton

November 16, 2013

We will miss Uncle Gene. We are so sorry for your loss. We wish you peace and comfort during this time.

J Gilbert

November 16, 2013

My Prayers & thoughts are with you!

Theresa Hamilton

November 15, 2013

I met Mr. Robinson through my association in the oil and gas business. He was a genuine gentleman. He was always so kind and a pleasure to deal with. My prayers are with your family during this time.

Sheila Murry

November 15, 2013

Mark Bert Kay and Family,
You are all blessed to have such wonderful parents. I will forever remember the love and support they showed to Kathy Blake and Alison the moment Mark married Kathy--- what a blessing for my family to know how much love they had to give---thank you Gene and Billie!
Gene you will be missed !
My love to all,
Sheila Cashmer Murry

Brenda Pender

November 15, 2013

I was priviledged to meet Mr. Robinson through work at Shreveport Petroleum Data (an oil and gas log library)Mr. Robinson would come in and brighten our day with his stories of the oil and gas business when he first started and his stories from being in the Army. Then I met the love of his life-Ms. Billie-A true love story. Mr. Robinson will truly be missed.

Stacy Grace

November 15, 2013

I first met Mr. Gene back in the 70's while working for Brookings, Waddle & Assoicates. I worked at Crystal Oil for years and saw Mr. Gene often. I've been working at Brammer Engineering since 1987 and Mr. Gene was always a welcomed visitor. He always hugged us. He was the sweetest man. He will truly be missed by all his oil and gas friends!

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

November 15, 2013

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Gene R. Robinson our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Gene. And to Gene it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during WW-II while serving in the U.S. Army. Gene, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, Generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Gene's family and loved ones.

Bobby L. Williams, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

David Billingsley, Jr.

November 15, 2013

I met Gene in 1982. I was a new geologist fresh out of college. Gene was a young geologist's best friend. He always took time to visit with the youngsters and make them feel like oilmen. Gene also had a way of teaching you things on location that made you feel like you were part of the decision process (when you didn't have a clue). I've heard this same story from a number of guys my age. We all loved and appreciated Gene. My prayers are with all of you.