Judge Robinson passes
By Roger Cowan
This past week, Yorktown and DeWitt County lost a beloved local figure. Judge Bill Robinson, Justice of the Peace and volunteer EMT, passed away at the age of 74.
Robinson retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant, during which time he had served in Vietnam. Though born in Pennsylvania, life would find him settling in Yorktown where he owned a service station for many years.
In 1989, he was instrumental in the creation of the Yorktown Volunteer EMS where he volunteered as an EMT for the rest of his life.
Beginning in 1994, he was elected to the position of DeWitt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2. He would hold that office through his final days, winning the most recent election the night before his passing. Known for being fair but stern, he was never a man to mince words. Striving to always be a fair and honest judge, he treated everyone equally and in strict accordance with the law. Another aspect of his job as JP saw him performing the wedding ceremony that would begin a new chapter in life for so many couples.
A member of Open Bible Baptist Church, he could often be found driving the children home after service. The children loved their Uncle Bill and adults respected him for the man he was. Almost a Tom Landry-esque figure, he could often be seen around town in his trademark suit and fedora, no matter how hot the weather was.
He was open to advising anyone who sought his counsel, and comforting those in need of a kind ear of a sturdy shoulder. A man of few words at times, his words carried the weight of a thousand when delivered.
Judge Robinson is survived by his mother Bernice Williams, wife Rachel Robinson, son Daniel Robinson and wife Jacquelyn, daughter Karen Robinson and husband Richard Cole, and brother John Paul Robinson. He is also survived by grandsons Kaleb Ryan and William Andrew Robinson. A Celebration of Life luncheon in his honor was held Sunday at the Yorktown Community Hall, with a visitation that evening at Massey Funeral Home. After a service Monday morning at Massey Funeral Home, Robinson was interred at Coastal Bend State Veteran Cemetery in Corpus Christi. He received full military honors.