BY JAMES HARPER
The Rev. Tommie Robinson, an associate pastor at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, died Tuesday at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia-Flagler, Port Orange.
Robinson’s funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Greater Friendship, 539 George W. Engram Boulevard, Daytona Beach.
Robinson, 75, also was a well-known barber in the Greater Daytona Beach area.
According to his biography, he was called by God to preach in 1970. He is a graduate of United Bible College and Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology.
He worked at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Mason Hill, as pastor for six years. He then was called to New St. James Missionary in Daytona Beach, where he pastured for 18 years.
Gave of time and talent
Dr. L. Ronald Durham, senior pastor of Greater Friendship, said “the entire church family here at Greater Friendship Baptist Church mourns the loss of our beloved associate minister.
“He set a wonderful example for us of a humble and devoted servant, who gave of his time and talent to improve the kingdom of God here at the church. Our prayers go out to his wife and three sons, for the Lord to give them strength during their bereavement,” Durham added.
Robinson was married to the former Ophelia Williams for the past three years.
Mrs. Robinson, also known for her beauty salon Fifi’s, said they first met as children.
She said Wednesday his humbleness is what attracted her to him.
“I’ve known him ever since childhood. He was dedicated to God. We had a lot in common. We worked in the same industry,” said Mrs. Robinson, noting that her husband began working as a barber again in her shop shortly after they were married.
‘A lot of wisdom to share’
Greg Hall, a minister at Greater Friendship, said Robinson was a father figure to him.
“He was a great brother, uncle and friend. He had a lot of wisdom to share,” said Hall.
In addition to his wife, Robinson is survived by three sons: Rev. Tommie Robinson Jr., Attorney Steven Robinson and Aaron Robinson, an educator.
Visitation is scheduled Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at R.J. Gainous Funeral Home and Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Greater Friendship.