John C. Robbins Jr.

Jul 29, 2014

1933 — 2014

MAGGIE VALLEY — Lt. Col. John Clinton Robbins Jr., U.S. Army ret., 82nd Airborne, passed away at his home June 26, 2014, after two years of failing health.   He was born May 17, 1933, and graduated from E. M. Holt School in 1951.  After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, earning the master parachutist badge. His 20 years in the Army included tours of duty in Korea, Germany, Vietnam and Panama. His awards included the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Harriett Wilkes Robbins; his parents John Clinton and Lucille Shoffner Robbins; and his sister, Pauline Lucille Craven, of Denton.

He is survived by his son, Stephen R. Robbins and wife, Gail, of Asheboro; brothers, James Shoffner Robbins and wife, Marilyn, William Grover Robbins and wife, Carolyn; sisters, Della Ruth Carden, Jane R. Bowland and Jean R. Watson and husband, David, all of Snow Camp; and many loving nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a beloved extended family in Maggie Valley and Haywood County whose love and kindness were a special blessing throughout his years in Maggie Valley, especially during his illness.

J.C. and Harriett found a home and so many people they loved when they moved to Maggie Valley in 1987. They had only planned to come for a short visit but chose to spend the rest of their lives in Maggie. Throughout their many travels, Maggie was always the place they loved the most and the only place they wanted to call home.

A memorial service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville.

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