James D. (Jim) Robbins, age 78, left this Earth to close ranks and enlist to be with our Lord and His Army. Jim’s departure was on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Billy M. and Mary Robbins.
Jim was born in Big Spring, Texas, in the year of our Lord, 1938, on December 29th. Jim was a graduate of W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was an Eagle Scout, a York Rite Master Mason, and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. Jim graduated from North Lake College, Howard Payne University, Federal Aviation Administration Academy and the US Army Aviation School. From January 7, 1957 to May 2, 1995, he served in the United States Marine Corp, US Army, and other Federal jobs. His service to country took him to many countries, such as Germany, Vietnam, El Salvador, and Saudi Arabia. Jim Retired from Federal service as an Army Aviator, Aviation Safety Officer, and Air Traffic Control Tech, Master Chief Warrant Officer 4. He was a member in long standing of Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, and he was a member of American Legion Post 159. Jim was an endowed member of Sul Ross Lodge 1300 and Cedar Creek Lodge 300. He was also a Gideon.
Jim enjoyed serving his Lord on short term church mission trips to Peru, Costa Rica, Turkey, Brazil, and Vietnam. Jim was a volunteer Chaplain during his retirement focusing on hospital ministry. He was Ordained at Calvary Chapel, Corpus Christi, Texas. He loved playing with the grandchildren, travel, golf and fishing.
He is survived by his best friend and wife, Jean Robbins. Jim was a loving father to Billy, Ti and Mary. His love for his children and grandchildren, all of whom he prayed for daily, is unmatched. His niece, Nancy Robbins, was like a daughter to him and he loved her as if she were. Jim is survived by: his children, Billy and Angie Stanley, Ti Gardner, and Mary and Johnny Grams; as well as 7 grandchildren: Natasha, Heather, Crystal, Montana, Natalie, Cole, and Nicholas.
A visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan. A funeral service will be held at 4 pm on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, also at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan followed by Final Military Honors and a reception.
Jim will be buried at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Taps will be played at the beginning of funeral services, reveille at the end. Should you have a uniform, please wear it! This will be a Masonic service.