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James “Jim” Robbins

James-RobbinsJames “Jim” Robbins, age 82 of Mena, died Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Peachtree Assisted Living in Mena. He was born on Saturday, October 17, 1931 to Elmo and Leona Sellers Robbins in Flint, Michigan.

Jim was a minister in the Freewill Baptist Churches for over 40 years in the states of Arkansas, Michigan, and Oklahoma. He enjoyed playing Gospel and Blue Grass music on his guitar and piano. He also worked for 24 years at General Motors in Flint, Michigan. Jim served his country in the United States Army ranked PFC Infantry during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged. Jim enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting and fishing. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alvin and Calvin Robbins and one sister, Doris Kirby.

Jim is survived by his wife Sharon Robbins of Mena; two sons, Tony Robbins of Hatfield and Troy Kirt of Smithville, Oklahoma; five daughters, Joann Robbins, Leona Wesley, and Vonetta Blevins all of Irvine, Kentucky, Tracey Lurie of Stockton, California and Tami Davis of Siloam Springs; one sister, Darlene Shockey of Mena; nineteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena with Tony Robbins officiating.  The burial will be a private ceremony with family in Muse, Oklahoma at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Damascus Road Ministries in C/O Diamond Bank, P.O. Box 1199, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

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