Robbins, Joe Dean

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November 15, 1940 - March 12, 2018

Robbins, Joe Dean

Born on November 15, 1940 in San Angelo, TX to John E. Robbins, Jr. and June Lamberth Robbins.  He passed away on March 12, 2018, in Dallas, TX at the age of 77.  Joe graduated from San Angelo High School in 1958 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics from Abilene Christian University. He later earned a Master of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies from East Texas State University-Texarkana.

Joe was employed with GTE for 31 years.  In those years he held the positions of General Manager, Director of Operations and Director of Consumer and Small Business Sales. While working for GTE he was a National Sales Award and Winners Circle Recipient. He later went on to teach at Dallas Baptist University and Northlake College.  He also served as a substitute teacher for the Irving Independent School District where he directed an after school program for at-risk youth.  Joe was a member of the Board of Visitors, Psychology Dept. for ACU, the Irving Noon Day Lions Club, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and the Texarkana Rotary Club.  He also served on the School Board for the Pleasant Grove ISD in Texarkana.

Joe was a passionate supporter of the Special Olympics.  He played a key role in establishing a chapter in Texarkana, TX where his son, Mark, was a long-time athlete.  Joe served as a deacon at both Rose Hill Church of Christ and Walnut Street Church of Christ in Texarkana, TX.  Later, he was an active member and volunteer at South MacArthur Church of Christ in Irving.

Joe was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.  His kindness, compassion and generosity were hallmarks of his character.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother John E. Robbins III.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn, their children Michelle Robbins and Mark Robbins both of Plano, Texas, and son Matt Robbins and wife Christy of Dallas, Texas, and two grandchildren Reagan and Caleb Robbins; brother Jerry Robbins and wife Cheryl of Irving, TX, sister Janice Mauldin and husband Tony of Abilene, TX as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at North Dallas Funeral Home at Farmers Branch on Saturday, March 17 at 3:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to My Possibilities, 1631 Dorchester Drive, Plano, TX 75075, mypossibilities.org.

His family and friends will grieve this earthly loss and celebrate his life while rejoicing in the fact that he is with his Lord in his heavenly home.

Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214 306 6700

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David and Connie (Rauh) Adcock

March 18, 2018 3:38PM

I knew your family at Rose Hill Church of Christ in Texarkana, Tx. Your mom and dad worked with the bus ministry with my parents Ted and Theresa Rauh. I thought alot of your parents. They were beautiful people with such loving hearts. I know he will be greatly missed. It was a privilege to know them both. God bless your family through this difficult.


Christie Dodson

March 17, 2018 10:30AM

Dear Carolyn,
We are so sad to learn of Joe's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was such a wonderful man and a great inspiration to all. Sometime soon I would love to visit with you. You have always been a dear friend to me, even though we haven't seen each other in many years. May God bless you and your family in the coming days. Love, Mike and Christie Dodson