William Levy Robinson, Jr., 88, of Crystal River, FL, died Jan. 1, 2022. Born March 4, 1933, in Webster, Sumter County, FL, and was the first child in a family of ten (10 ) in the union of the late William Levy Robinson and Mary Lee Howard Robinson. WL or Junior as he was affectionately known, attended All-Black Mills High School in Webster, graduating salutatorian from his class in 1951.
After high school, WL left the family farm to study agriculture at All-Black Florida A and M College (FAMU) in Tallahassee. His college studies were interrupted by a two-year tour in the US Army -1954 – 1956.
Upon his return from armed service, WL continued his college education and received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from what is now Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in 1956. He majored in professional agriculture and was helped by a Lewis State Fellowship. he won. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, the late Euna Mable McKinnon and married on July 29, 1956.
He then pursued graduate studies at both FAMU and the University of Florida, earning his Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision at FAMU in the summer of 1967. WL held numerous teaching positions and administration in education throughout his career.
He was principal of the Florida School for Boys, Okeechobee, FL., 1958 – 1960; county extension agent for Jackson County, Marianna, FL., 1960-1964; Principal of George Washington Carver Junior High School, Crystal River, Florida, 1964-1969; county extension agent for Leon County, Tallahassee, FL., 1969-1970; science and vocational agriculture teacher at Citrus High School, Inverness, FL., 1970-1971; Supervisor of Education for Citrus County School Board, Inverness, FL., 1971 – 1985 and Personnel Director for Citrus County School Board, 1985-1995. He retired on June 30, 1995.
WL has a long history of church and community service. At Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, he served as a deacon, church coordinator, and director of Christian education. He served as assistant superintendent and superintendent of Sunday School as well as auxiliary board president of the Second Bethel Missionary Baptist Association, Ocala, FL.
He was Past Master of Crystal Masonic Lodge #156 Crystal River FL., Fellow of Jonathan Chapter #198 Holy Royal Arch Masons, Dunnellon, FL.; Prior of the University Presbytery (32 degrees Mason), Gainesville, FL., and former vice-president of the CJ Mackey Masonic Council, Eustis, FL.
His commitment to family and the strong influences of an agricultural and administrative background and Christian character, combined with being the eldest of ten (10) children in a family of poor sharecroppers in the south, propelled WL into family and community leadership roles throughout his career. He willingly and effectively fulfilled these roles on numerous occasions.
He was predeceased by his father, Reverend William Levy Robinson, Sr. (1981); his mother, Mary Howard Robinson (1983); his wife, Euna McKinnon Robinson (2007); two brothers, George Wiley Robinson and Raymond Jonathan Robinson (1991) and three sisters: Ernestine Robinson Hutcherson, Delores Robinson Brown and Althea Robinson Gaskin (1985). He was also predeceased by two half-brothers: Earl Robinson, Damon Robinson and a half-sister, Rosa Lee Robinson Brown.
He leaves to cherish his memory, daughter, Preshus Robinson, granddaughter Trivonna Wilson and a great-grandson, Zy’al Denard; Brother, Dr. Ira Charles Robinson, Sr., (Clarice); Three sisters, Lillie Robinson Biddle, Ella Robinson McNeary (Edward) and Ida Robinson Dawkins; brother-in-law Marshall Brown; Six sisters-in-law, Vernell Callahan (Earl), Betty McKinnon, Ophelia Baker, Geneva Moore Alease Smith, Essie McKinnon and special carer Wilma Sylvester; aunt and a host of nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins and caring friends.
Professional services entrusted to: JT Campbell Funeral Home and Cremation Service Macedonia Chapel, 210 West Jefferson St., Brooksville FL 34601.
Published by Citrus County Chronicle on January 13, 2022.