Mr. Robinson passed away March 4, 2013, in Tyler. He was born Oct. 10, 1922, in Fort Worth to Thomas Edward Sr., and Ruth Varine Graves Robinson.
Tom graduated Texas Christian University with a degree in geosciences. Serving his country as a World War II Army Air Corps officer and Air Corps pilot, Tom was an airlift pilot during the Indi-Burma-China Theater and was on special assignment during the European Theater. He was a member of the Hump Pilots Association.
Tom came to Tyler in 1967. He founded and managed Robinson Operating Co. Inc., a Texas oil and gas operator, until October 2012. A member of the Tyler Chapter Masonic Lodge for greater than 50 years, Tom participated in the Flying Fez supporting the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. He was also a charter member of TYR Hangar, a member of the Centurion Club and a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; stepdaughter, Shannon L. Herrin; and stepmother, Nola Stolz.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Rudd, Leroy Sellers, Robert G, Steve King, Matthew Goughnour and Thomas Robinson IV.
If desired, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33607; or The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.