Charles William Robinson

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Charles William Robinson, Colonel (Retired), United States Army, stood his final muster on seven March, 2024. 

Charles W. Robinson, known by all as Bill, was born on 25 April, 1935, in Harriman, Tennessee. His parents, John W. And Vida L. Robinson, moved the family to Evergreen, Alabama, when he was only a child. He attended elementary through high school in Evergreen. Bill is a proud alumna of Auburn University, class of 1957. On graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant of artillery in the United States Army and married the love of his life, Barbara Bond Robinson. The two of them settled in Dunwoody, Georgia, towards the end of Bill’s career and came to consider it home. 

He had a notable career serving in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, Puerto Rico, and many locations throughout the United States. Some notable achievements were being the fire direction officer for the first nuclear capable rocket battalion in the US Army, Europe. He was noted for his ability to tackle difficult projects, especially critical projects. He was the lead for developing the Time Phased Force Deployment System, the analysis paper and briefing used to convince President Carter not to pull US forces out of Korea, the validation process for the 1st Ranger Battalion, and the establishment of Third Army HQ, which proved critical in Desert Storm. He was hand picked to serve as the Federal Task Force lead for the first Martin Luther King Day parade and ceremony.

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Bill Robinson was, and is, recognized as a leader in Dunwoody for his volunteer work following retirement from the Army. He placed a high value on civic virtue and lived up to his own high standard.  Among his contributions were serving as a key member of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association, the Dunwoody Nature Center, Brooke Run Park, numerous boards, and the successful effort to have Dunwoody made a city. He may be best known for restarting and leading the Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade which became, “The Biggest Small Town Parade in Georgia.”

Bill Robinson was a man of faith and service to his church. He will be remembered as a servant leader in Dunwoody United Methodist Church. He was active in the choir and music program, the fried chicken dinner, the building program, supporting youth programs, and myriad other aspects of the church life and ministry. His three biggest joys were singing in the choir, attending the Crusaders Sunday School class, and helping the church acquire a classical pipe organ.

Most of all Bill Robinson loved his family. He and Barbara spent the last three years of his life with his sons in Virginia. In addition to his wife Barbara, he is survived by his sons Charles William Jr and Richard Allen, his four grandchildren, and a great granddaughter. Bill was able to spend time with all of them in his last year. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Law Robinson. On his last day he was with his sons.

There will be a small memorial service at Benn’s United Methodist Church, on 16 March, 2024, at 1100.  The address is 14571 Benns Church Blvd, Smithfield, VA 23430. The main service will be on the 6th of April, 2024 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church at 1100. The address is 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that you consider donating in his memory to one of Bill Robinson’s two favorite causes. These are the Dunwoody United Methodist Church Music Program or the Dunwoody Nature Center. Here are the links: 

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