Janet Gaines Robinson
November 9, 1937 – August 3, 2018
Janet Ruth Gaines Robinson, 80, of Decatur, Georgia, died unexpectedly Friday, August 3rd, 2018, at Dekalb Hospital after several years of declining health. She was born November 9th, 1937, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Frank and Inez Gaines. She married James “Jim” Robinson on March 17th, 1956, and he survives.
Also surviving are sons, James “Jim”, Jr. of Lilburn, GA, and David of Chattanooga, TN; daughter, Lynn McKinney of Warner Robins, GA; sister Frances “Fran” Osborne of Doraville, GA, and her two sons Billy and Gaines Osborne; six grandchildren Kristen Brigmond, Joshua Robinson, Patricia Smith, Jessica Adams, Alyssa Gilliam, Ashley Dinges; and seven great grandchildren Kylie Robinson, Annabelle and Avery Adams, Evan Brigmond, Aleyah Smith, Sophia Gilliam, and Kayden Tabor.
Janet loved and was loved by, not only her blood relatives, but also Jim Jr’s spouse, Linda; David’s spouse, Cindy, and her children and grandchildren; Lynn’s spouse, Mark; Fran’s spouse Bill; her husband Jim’s siblings and their spouses; and the spouses of the grandchildren and nephews.
During her 3rd grade year and while her father was in the Philippines during World War II, she lived in Westminster, South Carolina, with her grandparents John Edmund Gaines and Effie Duke Gaines, aunt Ruth Gaines Davis, and uncle Edwin Gaines. She loved visiting her grandfather at the office of his lumber company, riding the family horse, and helping to care for Edwin’s German Shephard dogs.
Janet then lived for a short while with her mother and sister in Toccoa, Georgia, at the home of her grandmother Etta Thomason. She eventually returned to Nashville to finish out her childhood and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1955. Janet remained very close with many of her fellow Hillsboro graduates.
Janet attended the University of Georgia and Paducah Junior College where she received a two-year college degree. She continued her education at Peabody College and David Lipscomb College in Nashville where she was just a few courses short of obtaining her 4-year degree. Her husband Jim graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1959 where Janet assisted in his English curriculum and while also maintaining a home where Jim could concentrate on his studies.
Janet and Jim moved with their three children to Decatur, Georgia, in 1969 where Jim was employed with the US Army Corp of Engineers and where Janet was a homemaker. She loved studying the Bible, especially the book of John, reading, and swimming. She was extremely intelligent, and a proficient writer who could quickly work a word jumble even to her last days.
Janet not only lovingly and devotedly cared for her husband and three children, but she was also passionately involved in helping to raise her grandchildren. For many years, she assisted her sister Fran in caring for her elderly parents after moving them to Decatur in the early 1980’s.
The visitation is from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at the Floral Hills Funeral Home in Tucker, Georgia. The burial service with family members will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 12th, 2018 in Westminster, South Carolina at the East View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Georgia Agape at https://www.georgiaagape.org/.
- Visitation Saturday, August 11, 2018
Janet Gaines Robinson
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August 11, 2018
Jim, I am deeply sorry that your dear Janet has departed this life. I hope that you can call on that solid inner strength that I remember you for to take you through this sad time. I have great respect for you, Jim. You are in my thoughts and my prayers. God bless you, Jim Shackleford
August 7, 2018
I can't tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your sweet Janet. I hope you can find solace and peace and have a healthy next several years.
I had a nice visit with Tom and Anne ? at our class reunion at John Hayes' house a few weeks back. I sure miss ole Fats.