Published 11:24 am Monday, February 22, 2016

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelations 21:4).

Sugar Ray Robinson was born on March 8, 1951, in Bogalusa to Dewitt and Altha Mae Robinson, who both preceded him in death. He attended Franklinton School, and is affectionately known as Sugar Ray, PawPaw and Nunk.

He died Feb. 9, 2016, in Seattle, Wash.

At an early age, he accepted the call on his life and became an anointed musician in the kingdom of God. As a young lad he traveled with his brothers, “Robinson Crusade” all over the southern United States and Mexico playing the guitar, keyboard, and organ. He attended Lighthouse Pentecostal Church under the leadership of his brother Apostle Jimmy Robinson Sr. in Franklinton, and was a faithful servant.

In 1978, he married Barbara Coleman. To this union three children were born. While living in Louisiana, Sugar Ray owned and operated his own trucking company. In 1988, due to employment relocation, he and his family moved to Renton, Wash. With the ambitions of becoming a business owner, in 1994 Sugar Ray started his own carpet cleaning business, Action II Carpet Cleaning, which is currently being operated by his son. As a resident of Washington, he worked for Convert PAC and Associated Grocers.

Upon relocating from Louisiana to Washington in 1988, knowing that he needed a spiritual covering for his family, Sugar Ray and his family began attending Center of Faith Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Dr. Wilbur D.Vincent in 1989, where he served as the church’s first organist.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Barbara; three children, Timieko

(Tyrone), Katrina (Abdul) and Cordell (Samantha); nine grandchildren, Tyrone Jr., Jayda, RaeAyn, Abdul, Malik, Eden, Olivia, Tyler and Justin; eight brothers and sisters, Johnnie (Franklinton), Willie B. (Franklinton), Loretta (Tylertown, Miss.), Donis (Franklinton), Tammy (Franklinton), Kathaw (Oakland, Calif.), Davy (McComb, Miss.), and Reginald (Kent, Wash.); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, relatives and friends too numerous to mention herein, yet all are bereaved at his passing.

Sugar Ray was preceded in death by Jimmie, Leola, Dewitt Jr., Bonnie Ray, Dewitt Jr. II and Lawrence.

Vistation will be Sunday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. until noon at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, located at 24298 Harvey Road in Franklinton. Services will be at noon at the church, with Elder Ty Somerville and Pastor Norman Robinson officiating.

Interment will be at Wilson Family Cemetery on Old Columbia Road in Franklinton.

Cook’s Enterprise Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.