Robinette, Homer Floyd

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Homer Floyd Robinette, 93, of Floyd, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. He was born on June 26, 1916 in Landis, N.C. to Jefferson Monroe Robinette and Mary Manor Robinette.

Homer grew up in Burlington, N.C., and was a graduate of Burlington High School. In the interest of extending his education, he studied business at Elon University, Guilford College, and UNC-Greensboro. He served his country during World War II as a pharmacist’s mate from 1944 until 1946 at the United States Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., vividly remembering receiving the first casualties of D-Day. His working days were spent in Smithfield, N.C. St. Paul, N.C., Greensboro, N.C., and West Columbia, S.C. serving as office manager with Burlington Industries. He later moved to Radford, Va. and Floyd, Va., serving as accounting supervisor with Radford Army Ammunition Plant.

He was a member of Floyd Baptist Church for 44 years, and served as moderator for the Blue Ridge Baptist Association from 1991 to 1993. He was also a member of the American Legion. He was proud to be a charter member of the Great Oaks Country Club in Floyd. In the early days of the club, he was secretary of the board, and recalls issuing the club’s first membership cards. He enjoyed talking with other people, and helping wherever he could. He touched and influenced many lives with his Christian testimony, ministry, and teaching. He delighted in God’s word, and knew that it was a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Ersley Cochran Robinette after 63 years of marriage; one sister, Ethel Robinette McAdams Newton, of Dallas, N.C.; and one brother, Earl Washington Robinette, of Panama City, Fla. He is survived by his loving second wife, Mozell Dalton Jennings Robinette, of Dugspur, Va.; one daughter, Glenda R. Grindle and husband, Jim, of Hendersonville, N.C.; one granddaughter, Kim McKibbin and husband, Bill, of Flat Rock N.C.; one grandson, Eric Swindell, of Hendersonville, N.C. ; and one great-grandson, Cole McKibbin, of Flat Rock, N.C.; one brother, Jay Robinette, and wife, Anne, of Roanoke, Va.; two stepsons, Elvin Jennings, and wife, Donna, of Hillsville, Va. and Randell Jennings, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; as well as a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at Floyd Baptist Church with the Reverend Jim Churchwell and Dr. Dave Holladay officiating. Interment will follow at Jacksonville Cemetery. Friends may call at Gardner Funeral Home on Friday where the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thank you to Dr. Kuiken and his staff as well as Dr. Rivero and his staff for the excellent care that each one gave him. In the last days, he fell in love with his hospice nurses, and sends a sends a special thank you to all of the hospice staff that cared for him so tenderly. Condolences may be sent to the family at