Obituary of Deacon Tommy B Robinson
Zoom broadcast of Home Going Service Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 9:00 am.
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Tommy Berkley Robinson was born on September 13, 1935, in Algoma, West Virginia to the late Hattie and Charlie Robinson. He was the sixth of seven children. He entered eternal rest on June 2, 2023, at 5:55pm at his residence, 64 The Boulevard Amityville New York.
He attended Mt. Ebenezer Baptist Church in Algoma, West Virginia at an early age where he was introduced to Christ in Sunday school, and Sunday morning service.
He attended, and graduated from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn, West Virginia in June of 1954. Immediately after graduating He enlisted in the United States Navy and departed for service on August 3, 1954. He served as a gunner's mate. He was responsible for the operation and maintenance of missile launch systems, underwater explosive weapons, gun mounts, and other ordnance equipment. He was honorably discharged on July 2, 1958. During His service in the Navy, He saw the world and places he would have only read about or seen in books or movies. He took back to civilian life the art of time management and discipline.
While on leave from the Navy in 1957 he reestablished a relationship with his mentor James Hayward Brown and his daughter Diane Olivia Brown. After a brief courtship Diane and Tommy were married on July 27, 1957. Out of this union came Tommy Jr., Michele, and Jamie. After leaving the Navy he moved to Brooklyn embarking on a life of new beginnings. While attending barbering school he worked for a mattress company delivering mattresses.
Upon completing barbering school, he started his lifelong vocation as a barber working first as an apprentice, eventually becoming a Master Barber, and Entrepreneur.
In 1965 Tommy and Diane moved their family from Brooklyn to the suburbs at 24 Russell Court Copiague New York. While maintaining Mr. T's Barber Shop he was also gainfully employed with NYC Transit as a Track Inspector, inspecting and monitoring functions of railroad tracks and structures.
In 1978 he moved his family to 64 The Boulevard Amityville New York. While barbering he continued developing and pouring into the lives of young men while they sat in his chair. Mr. T's was often a place of refuge for many men young, and old looking for a way of escape, and a father figure. In 1993 Tommy retired from Transit, but continued barbering.
After the passing of their son, Tommy Jr. on August 8, 1994, the family was introduced to Amityville Full Gospel Tabernacle where Tommy accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was installed to the office of Deacon in Amityville Full Gospel in September 2017.
Tommy was well known and admired for his immaculate landscaping. He also built the prayer garden at Amityville Full Gospel Tabernacle as a gift of gratitude to God, and the ministry.
Tommy was not only a loving husband, father, and grandfather, but also a father figure to many. His kindness, wisdom, and guidance touched the lives of countless individuals, who will always remember him with love and gratitude.
Tommy is preceded in death by his son Tommy Robinson Jr., sister Willie Marie Robinson, sister Mae Robinson-McBride, sister Lucy Robinson, and brother Cecil Robinson.
Tommy is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Michele Hamilton (Russell), son Aaron Williams, daughter Jamie McCrae, daughter Tamara Clark (Darren), son Donnel Jackson, daughter Jacqulyn Robinson his sisters Emma Walker, and Rochelle Brooks, 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews and friends all of whom will miss him dearly.