James Lowell "Jim" Robins, 95, of Batesville, Ark., died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark. He was born Jan. 5, 1914, at Jesup, Ark., the son of John Louis and Elvira Turnbow Robins. He married Mollie Faye Andrews at Smithville, Ark., on Oct. 9, 1935, and before Mollie's death in 2006 they celebrated 71 years of marriage.
Jim was a devout Christian and a member of the East Side Baptist Church of Cave City, Ark. He had served as church treasurer at the Eastside Baptist Church in Cave City, Ark., and the First Missionary Baptist Church in Dexter. He attended grade school at Jesup, high school in Strawberry and Sloan Hendrix Academy in Imboden where he graduated in 1934. Jim taught school at Pleasant Hill and Jesup in Lawrence County and at Calamine in Sharp County. He worked for the Lawrence County Welfare Department in the late 1930s. In the 1940s he became involved with Wilcoxson's Furniture Store in Walnut Ridge and remained in that business until he retired to Cave City, Ark., in 1976. During that time he owned and operated furniture stores in Dexter as well as in Piggott and Jonesboro, Ark., and worked in furniture stores in Kennett and Memphis, Tenn. In Dexter, he served two terms as alderman for Ward 1. He was a direct descendant of Jacob and Nancy Fortenberry, John and Monima Goodwin and John B. and Martha Turnbow, all pioneer settlers of Lawrence County.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife Mollie Faye and one son, Bobby Lowell; his parents; four brothers, Taylor, Ed, Clyde and Leland; and four sisters, Mae Sullivan, Maude Howard, Pearl Milligan and Lois Robins.
He is survived by four children and their spouses: Byron and Wannetta Robins of Greers Ferry, Ark., Jerry and Barbara Billions of Germantown, Tenn., David and Janis Robins of Prairie Grove, Ark., and Joe and Martha Ruiz of Batesville, Ark.; a daughter-in-law, Pat Robins of Cape Girardeau; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will begin Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at the Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City.
Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at the Eastside Baptist Church in Cave City, Ark., with the services being conducted by Rev. Jim Tirey and Rev. Bobby Walker.
Burial will follow at the Lancaster Cemetery located near Strawberry with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jeff, David, and Mark Billions, and Jim Robins, and great-grandsons, Christ Newald and Chad Robins.