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Robert "Mack" Robinson
Robert Mack Robinson Jr., 91, of Due West SC died Monday October 11, 2010.
Born in Lancaster, SC November 29, 1918, he was married to Ann Marchant Bull for 63 years. He was the son of the late Robert Mack Robinson and Margaret Eunice Plaxco.
He attended Erskine College where he served as President of the Philomathean Literary Society, Business Manager of the Erskine Mirror and Editor of the Erskine Arrow. Upon graduation from Erskine, he taught physics and chemistry at the college level before enlisting in the Army Air Corp. He was stationed at Sumter, SC, Grand Rapids, MI and Chanute, IL. He received the Army Commendation Ribbon for his instruction of Aviation Meteorology.
Mack returned to Erskine College as Dean of Men and chemistry professor. He began his business career in Memphis, TN with Schering Plough in 1952, where he worked until his retirement in 1985 as Vice President of Customer Service, US Consumer Products. Mack received the Dan C. Hallford Citation for Distinguished Community Service for Schering Plough. In citing him for the award, which honors community service for an extended period and service in civic professional or religious areas, the company recognized Mack's Service on the Erskine Board of Trustees, Alumni Board of Directors, and as Tennessee State Living Endowment chairman; Service as director of the William H. Dunlap Retirement Center and trustee for the Dunlap Home for Children; Membership on the Joint Education Committee of the Credit Research Foundation and the National Association of Credit Management and Director of the Credit Research Foundation; Help in founding the National Institute of Credit and instruction of classes in credit at the University of Tennessee and Memphis State University; Authorship of articles including "Profile of Bankrupt" in Credit and Financial Management Magazine; and Service to Junior Achievement, which awarded him a Citation for Meritorious Service. Earlier in his career Mack was the first recipient of the Credit Executive of the Year Award for the Drug, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Industries, an organization he helped incorporate. He continued his involvement after his retirement as a Board Member and Capital Campaign Chair for Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. He was inducted into Bonclarken's Hall of Fame for his service.
Mack was unwavering in his devotion to his wonderful wife Ann and his love for his children, grand children and great grand children.
Survivors include his beloved wife Ann Bull Robinson of the home; 2 sons Robert M. Robinson, III and his wife Susan of Memphis, TN and William "Bill" Robinson and his wife Nancy of Simpsonville, SC; 2 daughters Ann Robinson of Chattanooga, TN and Sally Funderburk and her husband Rick of Columbia, SC; 1 sister Sara Hagins of Lancaster, SC; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted Wednesday at 2:00 PM at Due West ARP Church with the Rev.'s Calvin Draffin, Doug Petersen and Chuck Evans officiating. A private committal service will be conducted at 11:30 in the Due West ARP Church Cemetery with military honors.
The body is at The Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Tuesday evening at Covenant Way in the Parkinson Lounge.
In lieu of flowers memorials in memory of Mr. Robinson may be made to Covenant Way PO Box 307 Due West, SC 29639 or to Bonclarken Conference Center 500 Pine Drive Flat Rock, NC 28731.
VisitationParkinson Lounge, Covenant Way Due West, SC
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
ServiceDue West ARP Church
112 North Main St
Due West, SC 29639
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
IntermentDue West ARP Church Cemetery
116 North Main St
Due West , SC 29639
Mr. Robinson was a "teacher", first & foremost. Lessons I learned from him at Maybelline/S.P., I have carried with me for almost 40 years. I have been a better person in life thanks to his "teachings" & I will ALWAYS carry him in my memories. Bill
William L. Burnett Oct 15 2010 12:00 AM
Around 1974, Mr. Plough had recently sold his company to Schering Corp and I had the good fortune to work for him as a member of his personal staff. Our office were located at the building on Jackson Ave. In working there I came in day to day contact with the employees of Plough,Inc. I was just 26 and your dad was 57. We had no day to day business interaction but I would see him in the building, in the lunch room, parking lot, etc. He was so kind to me and in some ways mentored me, especially in how to treat people. I realized early on he wasn't being kind and helpful because of whom I worked for, but he was that way to everybody. He was truly a good man and today I am now 57. I have a sucessful financial planning practice and I try to treat every client the way I watched Mr. Mack treat people. I am so fortunate to have met so many people who helped make Mr. Plough sucessful and Mr. Mack was certainly one of them. God bless you in the days ahead.
Cary Allen Oct 14 2010 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed visiting Mr. Robinson at his Due West home and listening to his life stories. The entire staff of my employment will miss him. Everyone enjoyed his phone calls and David and I enjoyed servicing his medical equipment. Rest in Peace Mr. Robinson and you will be in our hearts forever. In Christ, Scott Prevatte
Scott Prevatte Oct 14 2010 12:00 AM
Your family is in our prayers. It is wonderful to have a patriarch like Mr. Mack that children, grand-children, and future generations will reflect back on with fondness. May you be comforted in the hope of heaven and the opportunity to see him and our dear Savior one day.
Jarrett Atkinson Oct 12 2010 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your father was a very remarkable gentleman.
Betty and Buck Amick Oct 12 2010 12:00 AM
I read the obituary and your father was obviously an amazing man. I am so sorry for your loss.
Elizabeth and Randy Fisher Oct 12 2010 12:00 AM
Dear Robinson Family, Mr. Mack was one of the most gracious, most intelligent, and most respected men I have ever known. I had great respect for him. I know that he was a very wise man, and a man of great faith. It was a honor and blessing to know him here at Covenant Way. May God bless you with His peace and comfort in the days ahead. Ruth Hill
Ruth Hill Oct 12 2010 12:00 AM