WILLIE IVORY ROBINSON was born in Norfield, Lincoln County, Mississippi, on March 20, 1923, to the union of Thornton Edgar Robinson and Narsis Bailey Robinson.
Willie received his early education in the school system of Pike County, Mississippi.
Willie accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age, and he was united with Rocky Point Missionary Church in Johnstons Station, Pike County, Mississippi, where he served faithfully during his early years in Mississippi.
Willie Ivy was united in Holy matrimony to Lenora Amos on September 30, 1942, in Lincoln County, Mississippi. To this union was born one son, Willie Edgar Lee Robinson. On March 1, 1950, Willie married Mary Mixon in Pike County, Mississippi. To this union was born a daughter, Shirley Marie Robinson.
Willie entered the United States Army on February 9, 1943, to serve his country at a very critical period in the nation's history, and in deed in the history of the modern world. Willie's Army duties during World War II carried him to Europe where he was in military action in Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. During his service to Unites of America as a Defender of Democracy, Willie received the Good Conduct Medal. Private First Class Willie I. Robinson was discharged from the U. S. Army on October 31, 1945, at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. In later years, Willie shared with his son, who was born in August 1943, his experiences at Normandy Beach and the though that often entered his mind that he would not return home alive. For his survival during those times, as well as for his blessings throughout his life, Willie was forever thankful to the good Lord.
In 1951, Willie left Mississippi and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was employed with Plankinton Packing Company. In the early 1960s, he relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, where he did the same type work. Willie returned to Milwaukee in the early 1970s, and he became a truck driver for Fairway Transit, Inc. in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.. He worked there until his retirement in late 1984 following an eye accident.
Willie enjoyed music, motorcycles, fishing and gardening. He grew vegetables yearly and fished often. Many, many times Willie shared his yeild with neighbors, friends and simply anyone who wanted or needed it. He great collard greens, and as with the fish he caught, others often benefited from his generosity. Willie spent a lot of time during his lifetime playing his guitar and harmonica. He was well-versed in the Bible and he read it often. Willie had recently expressed an interest in starting a weekly Bible study with family members.
Willie Ivy Robinson departed this life on Tuesday, September 26, 2000, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thornton Edgar Robinson and Narsis Bailey Robinson while he was still a child; his first wife Lenora and his second wife Mary; two brothers, Eddie Robinson and Tycer M. Robinson; one sister, Mary Robinson Bourrage; one brother-in-law, Leland Bourrage, Sr.; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Porter Wallace and Betty Vaughn Robinson; three uncles, Rev. Silas Bailey, Haywood Bailey and Rev. Jacob B. Bailey; and several aunts, including Victoria Robinson and Modessa Bailey Crossley.
He leaves to charish his memory, one son, Willie L. Robinson (Mildred) of Nashville, Tennessee; one daughter, Shirley Robinson Murphy (Larry) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; two grandsons, Larry Murphy, Jr. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Willie C. Robinson of Nashville, Tennessee; one granddaughter, Carla Robinson Minter (Robert) of Ellenwood, Georgia; wife Cassie B. Robinson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; three brothers, Stephen Wallace of McComb, Mississippi, Eugene J. Robinson of Milwaukee, Wisconson and Silas M. Robinson (Dorothy Jean) of Omaha, Nebraska; one sister, Edith Robinson Norwood (Willie Howard) of Milwaukee; one brother-in-law, Willie Howard Norwood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Evans Robinson of Omaha, Nebraska and Luna Evans Robinson of Omaha, Nebraska; one uncle, Eugene Bailey of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; ninety-eight year old cousin, Lubertha Fairman Porter of Norfield, Mississippi; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, most especially long-time friend and neighbor, Goerge Hoskins, Sr. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and fishing buddy Cliff Caldwell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The family of Willie Ivy Robinson acknowledges with sincere appreciation the many conforting messages, floral tributes and other expressions of appreciation of kindness evidenced at this time in thought and deed.
This site is developed and maintained by Willie L. Robinson.
DATE CREATED: October 14, 2000
LAST UPDATE: March 23, 2015
Ancestors of Willie Ivy Robinson
A Black Mississippi Family and Constantine Montgomery
Pike County MS Magee-Varnado Heritage
In Loving Memory of Lubertha Fairman Porter
Cornelius T. Taylor, Sr.
A Tribute to My Late Aunt Kitty