Jennifer Plemmons Robinson
A Beloved Mother, Teacher, and Friend
Jennifer Lynn Plemmons Robinson, of Leicester, passed away peacefully at the Four Seasons Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, on Monday, September 12th, 2022 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in October of 1955, daughter of John and Sue Plemmons. Jennifer graduated from Clyde D. Erwin High School in 1973, and proceeded to earn a degree in Bachelor of Music Education from Mars Hill College in 1977. She went on to teach Elementary Music to over 1200 students per week in the Scotland County School System from 1977-1980, Steel Drums and Percussion at Asheville High School from 1992-2009, Substitute Teaching for the Asheville City School System from 2010-2016, and Title 1 Reading Assistant at Joe P. Eblen Intermediate from 2016-2017.
Jennifer had a deep love for horses from an early age and spent countless hours training and riding on her family farm. She was fond of hiking, photography, basketball, and in recent years, her annual tomato growing competition. Jennifer traveled far and wide to visit family and to enjoy live music. A few of her favorite local places were The Botanical Gardens of Asheville, The Biltmore Estate, and The Blue Ridge Parkway. She cherished riding the four-wheeler with her granddaughter, Madelyn, on the family farm.
Music was a consistent source of joy throughout Jennifer’s life, for herself and for the people who had the good fortune to hear her perform. She was the first female percussionist and the first female drum major for the marching band at Erwin High School, blazing a trail and providing inspiration for generations to come. Jennifer was a member of Delta Omicron, a professional music sorority, and has been an active member and percussion section leader of The Asheville Community Band since 1988. She taught percussion at several band camps throughout WNC and played with the occasional combo around Asheville. For her junior recital at Mars Hill, she flawlessly performed Flight of the Bumblebee on the marimba with four mallets. It was quite the feat. Jennifer started the Steel Drums program at Asheville High School in 1992, at the time one of two Steel Drums programs in the state. Her class was a delight among students. She was a beloved teacher and mentor of many.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her children, Christopher (Katrina) Robinson of Taylors, South Carolina, Chicory (Douglas Schwaab) Poppinoff of Madison, Wisconsin, and Brandon (Heather) Robinson of Weaverville, North Carolina; granddaughter Madelyn Robinson of Taylors, South Carolina; sister, Janet Combs of Bristol, Virginia; brother, David Plemmons of Leicester, North Carolina; her devoted companion, Alan Coxie of Weaverville, NC; 4 adoring nephews, one grandniece, and several four-legged friends.
Jennifer’s memorial service will be held at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home of Canton, NC on Sunday, September 25th, 2022, at 3pm with an hour of visitation prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Asheville Community Band Scholarship Fund Attn: Scholarship Fund PO Box 17782 Asheville, NC 28816 or to The Four Seasons Foundation: Elizabeth House 571 South Allen Road Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Jennifer’s unbridled laugh lit up a room, her clear singing voice instilled joy in the hearts of many, and her smooth drum roll was a delight to behold. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Robinson family.