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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
Juanita Robinson

Juanita Robinson (Newman)

Thursday, April 10th, 1924 - Friday, January 24th, 2020
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Juanita Newman Robinson, of Athens, TN, died on January 24, 2020.
She was born in Cleveland, TN on April 10, 1924 to the late Raleigh D. and Carrie B. Newman. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Fred A. Robinson, her brother, Raleigh D. Newman, Jr., and her grandson, Colby MacKaye Robinson. She is survived by her son and two daughters: Dr. Don and Dawn Robinson of Cleveland, Susan and Joe Wilson of Athens, Carrie Robinson and David Franz of Chattanooga, and her "love-like-a-daughter", Debbie Martin of Etowah. Her grandchildren, who knew her as "Mama Nita", are Mandy and Jake Kilpatrick, J.B. Robinson, Chris and Jennifer Robinson, Carrie Frame Hughes and Jamie Hughes, and Matt and Addie Ann Tanzi. She is survived by 9 great-grandchildren.
She was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Juanita has been an active member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church since September 28, 1947. She served for many years as coordinator of children's work, Sunday School teacher and Bible School teacher. She was active in U.M.W and received the Special Mission Award in 2001 and was a long-time member of Home Service Sunday School Class.
An active volunteer in her community, she served in many capacities in City Park and Athens Junior High School P.T.A. and room mothers, was a cub scout and girl scout leader, and served in McMinn County High School Band Boosters. She was a founder of the Home Garden Club in 1953, and was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, Chapter AV (P.E.O Sisterhood). She served as a volunteer delivering Meals on Wheels for many years.
Throughout her life, Juanita loved sports of all types, both as a participant, as well as being an avid Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Vols fan. She was inducted into the Bradley County Old Timers' Club Sports Hall of Fame for softball in 1997. As a young woman in the early 1940's she played professional softball for Lawtex Corporation, placing second in the national championship in 1942. Her teammates knew her as "Sweet Pea". She played shortstop for the team. Juanita was an avid golfer at Springbrook Golf and Country Club for many years.
In addition to the combat service in World War II of her brother, cousins, and many close friends, Juanita served her country in a "Rosie the Riveter" capacity working in a munitions factory in Kingsport, TN making depth charges for the war effort.
The family especially wishes to express appreciation to all of the staff of Morning Pointe of Athens, NHC of Athens, Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens for their kindness and loving care.
A funeral service will be conducted, 1:30 pm, Monday, January 27, 2020 at Keith Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. David Graybeal and Rev. Andrew Lay officiating. Interment will be in the family plot at Calhoun Community Cemetery in Calhoun, TN, interment will be private for the family. The family will receive friends at the church Monday from 12:00-1:30 pm prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Kilpatrick, J.B. Robinson, Chris Robinson, Matt Tanzi, Carrie Frame Hughes, and Jamie Hughes. Honorary pallbearers will be Home Service Sunday School class and P.EO. Sisterhood AV Chapter.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested for Keith Memorial United Methodist Church Nourish One Child Ministry, P.O.Box 1, Athens, TN 37371-0001 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 27th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Monday, January 27th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Keith Memorial United Methodist Church
    Madison Avenue
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Monday, January 27th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Monday, January 27th, 2020 1:30pm
    Keith Memorial United Methodist Church
    622 Madison Avenue
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Interment

    Calhoun Cemetery
    520 Highway 163
    CALHOUN, TN 37310
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    Private for family.


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Michelle Crafton

Posted at 10:15pm
Juanita was a good neighbor when we lived on Charlotte Street together for several years before she moved. Her love for Keith Church and her family was evident each and everyday. She was the one who invited us to visit KUMC when we moved here from Indiana. She was supportive of all Curtis' efforts while he managed Springbrook. Wonderful woman.

Rosie S Maddron

Posted at 09:35am
Dearest Don, Susan & Carrie,
So sorry for your loss in the passing of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Just lost my Mom and it is hard. Still has not sunk totally in yet. We will miss them dearly. Your Mom and Dad were like second parents to me. I remember all the sleep overs with Susan. You had awesome parents. We know they are at a better place now. No more pain. And one day we will join them. Love to you all. May you feel God's comfort at this difficult time. With our deepest sympathy,
Bobby & Rosie S. Maddron

Renee Tipton

Posted at 08:09pm
Love you very much and thinking about you daily. your mom was a great inspiration to all. I will be lifting you up the next few days. Love you much

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