Robinson was the fourth generation of his family to be involved in funeral service in Pine Bluff and the surrounding area. He was the president of Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc., president of Cooperative Life Insurance Company, and secretary-treasurer of Robinson & Fuller, Inc.

Adam Robinson Jr., president of Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc. in Pine Bluff, died on Thursday. He was 69.

Condolences to the Robinson family poured in on Friday both on social media and in person. Irene Holcomb, whose family owns Henson-Holcomb Mortuary in Pine Bluff, said that on behalf of the Holcomb family, “we extend our sincere, heartfelt condolences to the Robinson family.”

“Adam was a flamboyant, charismatic, classy funeral director and a southern gentleman. He directed funerals with pride and class; he was a humanitarian, civic-minded citizen and an excellent businessman.

“He served his community well. Henson-Holcomb Mortuary has had a relationship with the Robinson Family for decades. We were like relatives and friends.”

Born October 11, 1949, Robinson was a son of the late Adam Benjamin Robinson and Elizabeth Fox Robinson. He was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1967 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1971. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1973.

I have seen the effect he has had on hundreds of families at their worst times. He would let the families know that their loved one was in good hands and would have them at an ease by the time he was done meeting with them…It was an amazing thing to experience.   Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley  

Robinson was the fourth generation of his family to be involved in funeral service in Pine Bluff and the surrounding area. He was the president of Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc., president of Cooperative Life Insurance Company, and secretary-treasurer of Robinson & Fuller, Inc.

Always interested in improving funeral service, he continuously sought ways to better serve families and help them honor their loved ones.

Robinson also further helped funeral service by serving in leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. He was a president and member of both the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association. He also served on the board of directors of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and as president of the organization in 2012-2013.

He was a member of the board of directors of Simmons Bank from 1995 until present, with positions on the Simmons Bank Director Credit Committee and the Senior Credit Committee.

He also supported the arts in Pine Bluff as the co-chairman of the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas’ Endowment Building Campaign in 1993. He oversaw the fundraising and construction of the Center’s permanent home. He was a past president in 1987 of the Arts Center board and also appeared in numerous roles in the Arts Center’s theatrical and musical productions.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley, who knew Robinson well, sent The Commercial the following remembrance:

“The City of Pine Bluff lost one of her biggest supporters as well sustained a loss that will be felt for many years to come by those of us that knew him.

“Twenty plus years ago, I had the pleasure of initially meeting Adam while I was working for P.B.Simpson, Jr., M.D. Adam was friends with Dr. Simpson’s sister Tanya Simpson and would call her to discuss their latest project at the Arts and Science Center. We developed a telephone rapport. He would always take the time to ask 'How are you as well as how my day was going?'

“Nineteen years ago, I went to work for the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. I finally got the opportunity to meet the 'voice' on the other end of the phone.

“All these years later, I can say this much for fact: Adam loved his family and those he called friends like they were family, taking care of the people of Jefferson County as well as the surrounding areas. He helped more people than anyone will ever know and never looked for recognition and did more for this area than people will know as well. He was the tried and true definition of a 'true southern gentleman' in my opinion.

“Over the years, I have watched him do these things. I have seen the effect he has had on hundreds of families at their worst times. He would let the families know that their loved one was in good hands and would have them at an ease by the time he was done meeting with them…It was an amazing thing to experience.

“These last few years, I would see him on Cherry Street going to or from work and get a wave. I have pulled up in front of the funeral home when he would be out looking at the lawn, just to check in with him and he would inevitably ask if there was anything that he could help me with.

“Without a doubt, I am going to miss seeing that silver Suburban sitting in front of the Funeral Home, passing him on Cherry Street and getting that wave or an occasional phone call to 'just check on me' and always hearing that voice say 'See ya pal…'

“So, here is my written statement to the Pine Bluff Commercial for the residents of Jefferson County, because I couldn’t put into coherent words for any reporter the impact Adam has had on my life personally as well as professionally by watching how he interacts with families…. I am going to miss my friend terribly and I will conclude with 'See ya pal….'”

Dozens of people wrote on the Pine Bluff Commercial’s Facebook page about Robinson and the impact he had on their lives.

Cathy Spear wrote: “Prayers for his family and the Pine Bluff Community. He was truly a remarkable person that will be missed by so many. May God be with his family and friends during this difficult time. I had the honor and privilege of knowing him and working for him for a year. May he Rest In Peace.”

Rhonda Wallace Gammel wrote: “Prayers for his family. He was always so kind to my family and has helped us through many difficult times. Pine Bluff will truly miss him.”

Philip Worthen wrote: “Adam was a professional, with compassion, in his work. He was great to our family when mom and dad passed. He will be missed.”

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. John Landis and Reverend Gordon Topping officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son.

Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Robinson’s.

Memorials may be made in Robinson’s honor to the Arts and Science Center Endowment Fund, 701 S. Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601; or to Hospice Angels, 3801 S. Camden Road, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

Online condolences may be made at RalphRobinsonandSon.com