The Reverend Joseph Robinson Jr., son of the late Joseph and Louise Brabham Robinson was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, July 28, 1940.
He entered eternal rest Friday, October 25, 2019, at Samaritan Hospice, Voorhees, New Jersey. He graduated from Wilkinson High School in 1960 and received his B.A. Degree in Religion and Philosophy; minor in Psychology from Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina. Rev. Robinson also earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In November of 1966, he was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
He pastored the following Churches in the First Episcopal District: Campbell, Woodbury, NJ; St. John, Brooklyn, NY; Grant, Boston, MA; Bethel, Freeport, NY; Macedonia, Flushing, NY; St. John, Niagara Falls, NY; Bethel, New Haven, CT; Dickerson Chapel, Millsboro, DE; Trinity, Gouldtown, NJ; Trinity, Philadelphia, PA; Friendship, Browns Mills, NJ; and Mt. Zion, Bordentown, NJ.
Not only were souls saved at the various churches, but also many improvements were made.
Campbell, Woodbury- served only 10 months.
St. John, Brooklyn- renovated church and purchased furniture.
Grant, Boston- paid off mortgage, beautified church and parsonage.
Bethel, Freeport- paid off mortgage 19 years ahead of time, purchased 46-seat passenger bus and was negotiating to purchase a parsonage, however was moved before it took place.
Macedonia, Flushing- purchased new church van and completed chapel.
St. John, Niagara Falls- restructured church mortgage, stabilized church finances and established food program that served 500 people on a monthly basis.
Bethel, New Haven- negotiated and received a Senior Citizen Program with the City of New Haven, Stabilized finances and made major improvements to the church and parsonage.
Dickerson Chapel, Millsboro- negotiated loan to purchase parsonage, but was moved before it was finalized.
Trinity, Gouldtown-made church and parsonage improvements.
Trinity, Philadelphia- stabilized finances, purchased furniture for parsonage, new heating system for church.
Friendship, Browns Mills- made church improvements.
Mt. Zion, Bordentown- made church improvements.
Rev. Robinson received the following awards and honors: Recipient of the Turner Theological Preaching Award; Inducted into the Martin Luther King's College of Ministers by Morehouse College; Presented the Invocation and Benediction at the 2010 Commencement; Widener University School of Law, Wilmington Campus; Participant for Veterans Day Memorial Dedication, Bordentown, NJ.
He has also been involved in many academic, civic, religious, and community programs including: Radio Broadcaster for School; Taught at Turner Theological Seminary; Chaplain at Morris Brown College; Served as the First AME Student Body President at the Interdenominational Theological Center; President of Freeport Branch NAACP; Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc; Member of the Committee on Christians and Jews; Served as the Mayor's Liaison Officer to the African American Community; Member of the Steering Committee for Housing Committee in Niagara Falls; Served as representative on Committee to prevent State of Connecticut from building a prison in the Church Community; Served as President of Board of Directors for Community Outreach center in New Haven, CT; President of Brightmoor Terrace; Served as a mentor to African American youths in Millsboro, DE;
Reverend Joseph Robinson loved the Lord. He enjoyed sports, traveling, poetry and reading. He was truly a family man. He retired in 2013 after 48 years of pastoral ministry. Following his retirement, he joined St. James AME Church in Atlantic City under the leadership of Dr. James Coaxum where he served faithfully as a member of the ministerial staff.
His brother, Paul E. Robinson and sister, Josephine R. Evans of Orangeburg, SC preceded him in death.
Left to cherish his memories are: his loving wife of 55 years, Lizzie Miller
Robinson; three wonderful sons, Jonathan Maurice Robinson of Beltsville, MD, The Rev. Joseph Carlos Robinson (Andrea) of Irvine, CA and The Rev. Jason Lawrence Robinson (Dr. JaMuir) of LaPlata, MD; six very special grandchildren: Malachi Squire Reed Robinson, Jaya Lauren Robinson, Caleb Emmanuel Robinson, Jasmine Michelle Robinson, Jason Lawrence Robinson II, and Morgan Oliva Robinson; siblings: Ruby Lott of South Ozone Park, NY, Annie R. Saunders of Brooklyn, NY, Louise Cleckley (Walter) of Myrtle Beach, SC and Betty Johnson (Cartez), of Roosevelt, NY; sisters-in-law, Martha and Mary Miller of York, SC; brothers-in-law; William Miller (Juanita) of York, SC and Walter Miller (Maxine) of Glendale, MD, and a host of loving nieces; nephews; and a host of other family and friends.
Special salutes: Rosalind and Lawrence, Pat and Jim, Betty Bilson, Robert and Kathleen, Elnora and Ernestine, Jo-Ann, Arjai and Joelyn, Annie S.
Hollis, Bertha and Rich and Liva.
Funeral services will be 10AM, Saturday, November 2, 2019, Saint James AME Church, New York & Arctic Avenues, Atlantic City, New Jersey where firends may call from 8AM. Interment to follow services.
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Family and friends coming from out-of-town may book rooms at the Sheraton Atlantic City. The rate there on Friday night is $99 plus taxes. To book, call Virginia Dickinson at the Sheraton 609-441-2909.