Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 22, 2013

Arnetta Robinson


Corsicana Daily Sun

— Arnetta Robinson, 92, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

She was born Jan. 12, 1921 in Eureka to Matilda and Jake Evans. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Jim Billy and Etta Evans. She was educated in the Eureka School System and enjoyed playing basketball. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Shiloh Baptist Church in Eureka.

On Jan. 4, 1935, Arnetta was married to Jessie James Robinson. To this union seven children were born. During the early years of their marriage, the Robinsons worked as sharecroppers. In 1946, the couple resided in Alma and became members of Colman Neil Baptist Chuch, where Arnetta served in the Mission Ministry. She and Jessie moved to Teleco, but after a brief stay, returned to Alma.

In 1968, Arnetta and Jessie relocated to Corsicana, where they united with Bethany Baptist Church. There she served as a Sunday school teacher, usher and a member of the missions’ board. She later was honored as the Mother of Bethany Baptist Church.

Their move to Corsicana presented her an opportunity to pursue additional training as a Community Center Leader. Her tenure in this position benefited the residents of her community through the many arts and crafts and sewing classes she conducted. She later worked as a dietician with a Head Start Government and Community Program until she retired. While living in Alma, she was a member of the Alma Home Demonstration Club and was very active as a 4-H Club supporter.

Arnetta and Jessie were a loving couple and resided in Corsicana until his death on Jan. 18, 1990. After the death of her loving spouse and the onset of health challenges of her own, she relocated to Dallas—DeSoto to be near her children. She joined Eastgate Baptist Church where three of her daughters are members, and served faithfully until her health failed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie James Robinson; four sisters, Piccolla, Margaret, Mineola, Stella; six brothers, Willie, Fred, Perry, Willie B., Arnstead, Willie Lee, and Ostell; and one granddaughter, Lisa Robinson.

Arnetta leaves to cherish her memory seven children: Judy (Melvin) Washington, Robert (Martha) Robinson, Jessie (Charles) Brown, Charles (Doris) Robinson, Mary Gordon, N. Pearl Robinson, Shannon (Luann) Robinson; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-granchildren; one sister, Venora (Molly) Radford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and adopted children.  

A wake service will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at Bethany Baptist Church, 1900 Mulberry St., Corsicana.  

Another wake service will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, also at Eastgate Baptist Church, Eastgate Baptist Church, 6960 S. Polk St., Dallas.

Funeral service for Arnetta Robinson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Eastgate Baptist Church.

Interment will follow the funeral at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana, with a dinner to follow interment held at IOOF Event Center, 601 N. 45th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.