Family and friends mourn death of Charles Robinson

Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the death of Elizabethton Star newspaper publisher Charles Robinson who died early Wednesday morning as the result of an apparent heart attack.
   Robinson, 48, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in the intensive care unit of the Johnson City Medical Center after he collapsed while jogging with co-workers Tuesday afternoon.
   "The Elizabethton Star family has suffered a great loss," said Guy Austin, executive editor of the Star. "Charles Robinson meant so much to our organization. We will always remember him and let him be an inspiration to us all as we move forward."
   A somber mood enveloped the Star offices on Wednesday as employees returned to their jobs. Some had only learned of Robinson's death when they arrived at work. Employees expressed shock and dismay that a man known for his energy and vigor had been taken so suddenly.
   Robinson was born in Bristol, Tenn. and grew up in Elizabethton. He graduated from Elizabethton High School in 1973 and later attended East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He began working at the Star while still in high school when his father Frank Robinson was the newspaper's publisher.
   Frank Robinson was named publisher of the Star in October of 1955 and continued in that capacity for three years after he purchased the newspaper in 1977. Charles Robinson took the reins as the newspaper's publisher on Oct. 1, 1980 at the age of 25.
   In addition to his parents, Frank and Ann Robinson, he is survived by his wife Angela Odom Robinson; his three children, daughter Jessica Robinson, and sons Jeremy and Joshua Robinson as well as his sister and brother-in-law, Carol Goodwin and Fred Goodwin.
   An active member of the Elizabethton community, Charles Robinson was a member of the Elizabethton Rotary Club, Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce, and the Executive Board of the Elizabethton-Carter County United Way. He had coached several T-ball, soccer, baseball, and basketball teams in the community and was a former member of the Carter County Rescue Squad. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City.
   Elizabethton City Manager Charles Stahl said Wednesday that city administration had ordered flags lowered to half-staff at all city installations on Friday in remembrance of Charles Robinson.
   "We feel it is fitting and proper for a true community leader who put the community first and was a true friend of Elizabethton and Carter County in everything he did," said Stahl.
   The Robinson family will receive friends at Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, today from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The family will be at the home of Frank and Ann Robinson, 700 Fairway Drive, where friends may also call.
   Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton with burial to follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park.
   The family requests that those who wish to contribute memorials in memory of Charles Robinson donate to the Doe River Gorge Christian Camp, 220 Doe River Gorge Road, Hampton, Tenn. 37658.