Addie Muriel (Thompson) Robinson entered her heavenly home and the loving arms of her sweet Savior on Aug. 11, 2019, with family by her side.
Addie was born as the only child to Warren B. and Roxie Kinamon Thompson on June 20, 1933, in the Arnold community near Blue Ridge, Texas.
She was the granddaughter of Finis P. and Lucy Kinamon with whom she lived from the time she was 3 years old.
Addie was raised by her “Grandma Lucy,” but with a strong presence from all of her extended family.
Though she didn’t grow up in a traditional family structured home, she talked so favorably of her childhood that she never felt shortchanged or robbed of any good thing in life. In fact, she spent her days praising God for His many provisions.
Addie is a 1951 graduate of Blue Ridge High School where she was involved in numerous clubs and activities: assistant editor of the annual staff, commercial club, FHA, and the Pep Squad, just to name a few.
Though she was afraid to venture too far from home, fearing Grandma needed her and they couldn’t afford tuition, she recalled that one day she began to pray about a college education.
It was while sitting in church one Sunday morning,that she remembered hearing the Lord speak to her telling her He had great plans for her life that involved college and then whispered to her heart, “I always take care of my own.”
From that moment on, she said that she knew God would provide for her and never doubted His hand on her life.
After high school graduation, Mrs. Robinson attended East Texas Teacher’s College in Commerce, Texas, where she received her Bachelors in Elementary Education in 1955.
Addie Thompson began her teaching career in McKinney, Texas, in 1955, where she taught third grade.
Later, she also held teaching positions in New Mexico, Amarillo, and in the Plano ISD.
Soon after accepting her first teaching job, she met and began dating Ken Robinson, a recent graduate of SWBT seminary who was working as a music/education minister at First Baptist Church of Farmersville at the time.
They married on Nov. 22, 1956, in McKinney and immediately, Addie began pouring herself into working alongside her husband in the churches where he served as Worship Minister.
Serving the Lord in such a capacity was an integral part of who she was; it was “a calling” she felt on her life even as a teenager, a calling she fulfilled joyfully even into retirement.
Together, she and Ken faithfully served churches in Texas; New Mexico, and Washington State before being commissioned as missionaries by the SBC Home Mission Board in 1987.
While serving the Lord in various churches, Mrs. Robinson had the opportunity to take on numerous leadership roles which she thoroughly enjoyed.
She was young adult Sunday school director, organized and led women’s conferences and retreats, led numerous Bible Studies, prayer groups, and worked with the WMU, even holding a state position in New Mexico.
Addie taught school, taught piano lessons, and served her church family well. She had a passion for serving others which motivated her to always go above and beyond.
It was often said that she “kept the candle burning at both ends,” to which she would just laugh and say that it was all in a day’s work.
While she enjoyed teaching, her favorite topic within the church was teaching women of all ages about the importance of prayer and the enormous impact it can have on the health of one’s family.
“I feel one of the most important things a woman can do is to pray for her home.” And that is exactly what she did for her friends and family through the years, never growing weary, never failing to cover each one by name in prayer.
It was her utmost honor and privilege to enter heavens throne room on behalf of others. She will forever be remembered as a mighty prayer warrior, where countless untold battles were won through prayer, on her knees, at all hours of the day and night.
Even more than her church work, Mrs. Robinson valued family. If she served her church well, she served her family even better.
She was sacrificial in everything she did and frequently stated that she had no greater joy than knowing her children were walking with her Savior, and faithfully serving Him.
She loved her grandchildren deeply, and eagerly looked forward to their visits. Addie will no doubt be remembered for the delectable meals she cooked, her warm hospitality with its “open door policy”, her fun-loving pranks she enjoyed pulling, and her lively, loving spirit.
She died as she lived her life with joy, grace, and an unmatched spirit of gratefulness that humbled those with whom she came in contact.
She lived life to its fullest and died in the same manner with the name of Jesus on her lips and on her heart. God’s name was praised in life as it was in death, just the way she wanted it.
Addie Robinson was married to the love of her life, J. Kenneth Robinson for nearly 62 years. Together, they had four children: Libby Clifton (Bruce) of Amarillo; (Dr.) Mark Robinson (Carolyn) of Canton; Dr. Robin Newman (Patrick) of McKinney; and David Robinson of Amarillo. They have 11 grandchildren: Taylor, Jon-Michael, Cassandra, Erynn, Barrett, Joshua, Hannah, Britton, Jordan, Elizabeth, and Brooklyn; and seven great-grandchildren.
Addie is preceded in death by her husband, Ken (June 12, 2018). She is survived by her children and grandchildren, and her sister-in-law, Dr. Kay Sherwood (California).
While Addie will be missed immeasurably, her legacy of prayer, coupled with a spirit of genuine gratefulness will live on in those who have loved her well and walked by her side as friend and family member.
No doubt she was met with outstretched arms hearing the words of her Savior, “Well, done, thy good and faithful servant…welcome home.”
Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Meadows Baptist Church in Plano. Interment was in Bethlehem Cemetery in Farmersville.
Donations may be made to The Gideons International at www.gideons.org/donate or Crossroads Church Building Fund, 1930 S. Trade Days Blvd, Canton, TX 75103.