Published: February 21, 2013
Thomas Wilburn Robinette, 84 years old, of Batesville, Arkansas died February 15, 2013. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 8, 1928.
Mr. Robinette was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 37 years, Marjorie McCoy Fisher Robinette and his mother, Ruth (Bay) Johnson Robinette. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and numerous other family members and loved ones.
After being stationed with the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. he moved to Norwalk, California to work for the Purex Corporation where he served as a supervisor. t was in California where he began his education to become a life long educator. After completing his student teaching at Cloverdale Elementary in south Little Rock, he continued to pursue his Master's Degree in Education at State Teacher's College (UCA) in Conway. Mr. Robinette taught at Fuller Elementary for several years in the Pulaski County Special School District before becoming principal. He and his wife moved to Fort Defiance, Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation serving as principal in the Window Rock School District and pursuing his EDS degree at Northern Arizona University. From there they moved to the Casa Grande and Toltec school district in southern Arizona serving as Superintendent of schools. After retiring, he moved to north Arkansas eventually settling in Batesville.
The family wishes to acknowledge the Independence County Senior Citizen's Center who offered special services and became dear friends to Mr. Robinette during the last 12 years and to Dr. Neaville and nurse Effie, doctor and friend since moving to Batesville.
The Robinette family appreciates all the prayers, calls and kindness shown during this time. Memorials may be made to the Independence County Senior Citizen's Center, 1790 College Street, Batesville, Arkansas 72501.