SIKESTON -- James R. Robison, 69, died Dec. 23, 2008, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
He was born May 17, 1939, to the late Jack and Sybil Pixley Robison on Goose Pond Hill in Bollinger County. When he was a child, his family moved to Advance where he attended elementary and high school. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1961 and the University of Missouri Law School in 1964.
After law school, he moved to Sikeston where he spent the remainder of his life. Jim has long been recognized for his work in the legal field. He distinguished himself as a trial attorney and was a former attorney for the city of Sikeston.
He was a speaker for the Continuing Legal Education Program of the Missouri Bar and authored a chapter on criminal law in the Missouri Bar CLE books. He was a former member of the board of governors of the Missouri Bar.
Jim helped to promote considerable growth and development in the Sikeston community through his service with the Sikeston Housing Authority, the Sheltered Workshop Board, the Sikeston Board of Economic Development and the Board of Municipal Utilities, the last of which he served as both a board member and most recently as its attorney.
He had positively influenced the lives of countless young people in the Sikeston area as a baseball coach for Little League, Junior and Senior Babe Ruth teams, as coach of the First United Methodist Senior High Basketball team and as a key driving force in bringing the first high school rodeo competition to Sikeston.
Jim was a member of the local Masonic Lodge, the Elks Club and the Eagles Lodge. He was an organizing member of the Scott County Sheriff's Posse and a former board member of the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1990, Jim received the "Man of the Year" honor from the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce.
On June 30, 1962, in St. Louis, he married Fran Burggrabe who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Sandy Robison of Sikeston and Bill and Jen Robison of Wichita, Kan.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Colleen and Tom Huffman of Glenview, Ill., and Ann and Mark Yarnell of St. Louis; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Morris Killian of St. Louis and Linda and Jim Spence of Sikeston.
He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Boyd Huffman, Ellie Huffman, Harry Huffman, Tyler Yarnell, Carter Yarnell, Madeline Yarnell, Henry Robison, Charlie Robison, Emmett Robison and Brodie Robison.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Ruth Edwards of Bell City will officiate. She will be assisted by the Rev. Geoff Posegate, pastor of the First United Methodist Church.
Burial will follow in Morgan Memorial Park in Advance.
Nunnelee Funeral Chapel of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.
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The family requests donations be made to:
YMCA of Southeast Missouri
602 Tanner St.
Sikeston, MO 63801
Missouri Delta Medical Center
1008 N. Main St.
Sikeston, MO 63801