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Alfred Burgess Robinson, age 89, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018 in Easley.
Born in Easley on November 30, 1928, he was a son of the late William Alexander and Mary Burgess Robinson. An Eagle Scout in Troop 37, Mr. Robinson graduated from Easley High School with honors in 1945 and Clemson College in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He received the Shanklin Medal for maintaining the highest scholastic average in Military Science. He commanded a cadet company during his senior year and was a member of Senior Platoon, Tiger Brotherhood, and Blue Key. He was a member of Clemson's official big band, the Jungaleers, and continued to perform in Jungaleer events throughout his life.
In 1948, he was called to active duty being assigned as Cadre to the Leadership School in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He returned to inactive status in 1950 and joined the reserves due to family business demands. After his father's death in 1953, he took over the family's business, Robinson's Department Store, and Robinson Funeral Home. In 1992, he founded Robinson Memorial Gardens. In addition, he was active in real estate development.
Mr. Robinson was an active member of the community including serving as President of Pickens County United Way, Easley Rotary Club, and Easley Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of the State Chamber of Commerce, the Pickens County Library, the S. C. Funeral Service Board, the Friends of the Library, and the YMCA. He was a former Board Member and President of Selected Independent Funeral Homes 1990-1991, an international association of family owned funeral homes. He was a former Chairman of the Combined Utilities of the City of Easley, former Board Member of Southern Bancorporation for Southern Bank and Trust, and a member of the Poinsett Club, Green Valley Country Club, and Pawleys Island Yacht Club. He currently was serving as a board member of S. C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
As a lifelong member of Easley Presbyterian Church, he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, an Elder of the Session, and former Chairman of the Worship Committee.
Surviving are his children; two daughters, Corinne Margot Mauldin and Caroline Jütte Robinson Fleming; two sons, Alfred Burgess Robinson, Jr. (Sallie) and Christopher Payne Robinson; one brother, William Alexander Robinson, Jr. (Mary); and eight grandchildren, Mary Catherine Mauldin Hadaway, Charles Hubbard Hadaway, III, Eliza Cunningham Fleming, Peter Wallace Fleming, IV, Alfred Burgess Robinson, III, Evelyn Frances Robinson, Anna Eberhardt Robinson, and John Wickliffe Robinson.
He was predeceased by his wife, Margot Martha Jütte Robinson, and her son, William Kennedy Mauldin, II; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Robinson, and a granddaughter, Martha Robinson Fleming.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, September 16, 2018 in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road with the Reverends Dr. William P. Seel and Christie S. Gravely officiating. Burial will follow in Robinson Memorial Gardens, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley. Escort of Honor will be the members of Easley Rotary Club.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM Saturday at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road.
Memorials may be made to Easley Presbyterian Church, 200 South 1st Street, Easley, S.C. 29640 or the charity of one's choice.
Online Condolences: Robinson Funeral Home