Big John was born on April 13, 1930 in Heidenheimer, TX to Will and Mary Robinson. He accepted Christ at an early age under the pastoral ministry of Rev. McKinley Moore of Heidenheimer, TX. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1948. He married in Eunice Robinson in 1957. For a better financial opportunity and promotion, Big John relocated to Dallas, TX to become a long distance truck driver for Yellow Freight System. His CB handle was
Burdock Man. He was a member of Teamster’s Local 735. Big John was an accomplished R&B, and Country and western guitarist. He toured numerous military bases and universities in the US and Puerto Rico with his band, Big John and the Hot Brown Boys and later Big John and the Esquires. Big John was a member of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas where he was a member of Operation BLACC. Big John was a free mason.
He is survived by his son, Larry Robinson (Barbara) of Lancaster, TX daughters, Brenda Wheeler-Goodwin (Curtis) and Reva Robinson-Adger (Tommy) both of Dallas, TX, brother, Jimmy Robinson of Austin, TX, and sisters, Frankie Plair (Zilber) of Cincinnati, OH and Winnie Fletcher of Arlington, TX. He is preceded in death by parents, Will and Mary Robinson of Temple, TX, wife, Eunice Steward-Robinson, sons, Michael Robinson of Temple, TX, Harold C. Dotson, Sr. (Earlie), and John A. Robinson, Jr. (Linda) both of Dallas, TX granddaughter, Natalie Rivers of Temple, TX and grandson, Joniah “Jo Jo” Baker of Dallas, TX; and a host of relatives and friends.
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