O. Wade Robinson

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, December 13, 2005

O. Wade Robinson, 64, retired automobile dealer, died Saturday,Dec. 10, 2005, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland after acourageous battle with cancer.

Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Colonial Heights Churchon Old Canton Road in Jackson. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesdayfollowing visitation.

Mr. Robinson was born in Newton and was a long-time resident ofJackson and Brookhaven. He was the president of his senior class atNewton High School were he was both an athlete and star student. Heworked full time while attending Hinds Junior College and MillsapsCollege. He was an upstanding leader in family, school andbusiness.

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Wade Robinson’s strong work ethic opened many doors forleadership in the business community. After working in automobilefinancing with First National Bank in Jackson, his previous salesexperience led him to a career in the automobile business. He wasthe business manager for Paul Moak Pontiac in Jackson before hebecame an automobile dealer in 1979. He was the Chevrolet andOldsmobile Automobile Dealer in Brookhaven for 13 years. In 1987,Time Magazine chose Wade Robinson as Time Quality Automobile Dealerof the Year for Mississippi. He also served as president of theMississippi Automobile Dealer’s Association.

He was one of the original founders of MS Diversified InsuranceCompany. He served on the board at Brookhaven Academy and performedvarious leadership roles with the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerceand United Givers of Brookhaven. He was on the advisory board forTrustmark National Bank in Brookhaven. Wade Robinson was asuccessful leader in the business world and, more importantly, wasa great provider and spiritual leader for his family.

He and his wife, Nancy Graves Robinson, celebrated over 42 yearsof marriage. They enjoyed traveling, golfing and raising four girlstogether. Wade Robinson loved the Lord and served him faithfully asa youth leader, Sunday school teacher and by living a life ofservice to others every day. He is known for being a king,respectful, humble, gentle and dedicated son, husband, father,grandfather, brother and friend.

Wade Robinson had a genuine, honorable and entertainingdisposition. He was a great musician capable of playing numerousinstruments by ear. He was best known for entertaining family,church and friends with his guitar and a variety of songs thatwould bring you to laughter, tears and worship. He was truly one ofGod’s great blessings to many.

He was greeted in Heaven by his father, Selby Robinson.

He will be greatly missed by those he leaves behind includinghis mother, Annie Lou Robinson; his wife, Nancy G. Robinson; hisdaughter Vicki Slater and her husband, Scott and their children,Rhoda, Nathan, Neilsen, Sally, Tom and Steven; his daughter MitziStubbs and her children, Justin and Allison; his daughter SondraToney and her husband, Lee, and their children, Laura and Curt; hisdaughter Susan Thames and her husband, David, and their children,Rob and Reed; his brothers, Warren, Tommy and Curtis Robinson; anda sister, Dorothy Sullivan.