Melvin Lee Robinson

Sunday, May 18, 1947 - Monday, April 1, 2024

A Wonderful Man

Photo of Melvin Lee Robinson  - 1947-2024

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."         II Timothy 4-8 

Melvin Lee Robinson, a man who was loved by everyone,  passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024, at his residence.

He was born May 18, 1947, to the late Clyde M. Robinson and the late Frankie Jo D. Robinson and had made his home in Haywood County all of his life. 

 A 1968 graduate of Pisgah High School , he continued his education at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College receiving an Associate Degree in HVAC and also a Masters Fireman Degree. Melvin retired from Evergreen Packaging with 40 years of dedicated service in the Maintenance Department and also as a fireman with the Fire Department at Evergreen.  A beloved figure in our community, Melvin graciously gave endless hours of his time to coaching baseball, basketball, football, and softball for several years. One of his greatest accomplishments was being able to umpire the Southern Regional Little League Softball Tournament. Melvin also stood proud with the  Pisgah High School Bears football team, filming all of their games for an amazing 40 years. Amidst coaching over 1000 children in our community, the opportunity of being able to coach his own two daughters meant everything to him. During this time with his daughters he was not just teaching sports skills- he was nurturing their growth, making wonderful memories and creating a special bond that would be with each of them forever. Melvin was a man of unwavering faith and a member of Canton Free Will Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon.

In the quiet and still moments when we find ourselves reflecting on our memories of Melvin , we feel the warmth of his friendship and his great personality. In every game played on our fields, we sense his great passion and pride. As we embrace our families, we are reminded of his great love for his precious wife and family and the example of faith that he was to each of us.  He was the heartbeat of our community , a steadfast presence whose absence now echoes in stillness.

Yet, as we mourn, we are comforted by the mark he left on our lives, his legacy of love and happiness which will continue to uplift us forever. Melvin will be deeply missed.   

Surviving are his loving wife of 51 years, Donna Sutton Robinson; his daughters Leigh Anne Robinson of Candler and Leslie Robinson of Canton; 4 cherished grandchildren, David Dotson, Mackenzie Lawson, Raylee Lawson, and Hunter Lawson; his brother Arthur Robinson of Canton; his sister Sharon Banks of Canton; 3 special friends that he also considered family Susan Kern, Nicole Tulinski and Reverend Kelly Dotson and several nieces and nephews that he loved.

The funeral service to honor and celebrate the life of Melvin will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Canton Free Will Baptist Church.  Pastor Larry Collins and Reverend Kelly Dotson will be officiating.  The family will be receiving friends at the church from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm prior to the funeral service.  Burial will be at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.  Honored to be serving as pallbearers will be Steve Brown, Corey Davis, Gary Davis, Cameron Glavich, Tim Glavich, Bradley Henderson, Eddie Riddle, Todd Riddle, Travis Riddle, Jerry West, and Ronnie West.  Honorary pallbearers will be Melvin’s two grandsons, Hunter Lawson and David Dotson also Kenny Cope, Richard Swanger, Sherrill Gillett, and Sherrill Thomason.

Memorials may be made in Melvin’s memory to the Pisgah High School Marching Band, 1 Black Bear Dr., Canton, NC, where he so greatly enjoyed watching his granddaughter, Mackenzie Lawson, perform with the Colorguard.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Robinson family.


Condolences from family and friends

Dear Donna, Leslie, Leigh Ann and family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Melvin. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are in Europe celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. We will be in touch with you as soon as we get home. May God wrap his loving arms around you and hold you tight. Lots of love, Pattie and George
Pattie Fish
I don’t even have words to express my love and gratitude to the man who opened up his heart and home to me 30 years ago and became Papaw to my son. He showered us with anything we needed. He was bigger than life. I will be eternally grateful that I was given the privilege of being part of this enormous family! Donna, Leigh Anne and Leslie know that I am surrounding you and the kids with love and prayers. I am always here for any of you. You are forever our other family!
Kelly Dotson
I remember Melvin from our school days.. he always seemed to have a smile. So sorry to hear of his passing. Let your fond memories and God’s love be a comfort to you through the difficult days ahead.
Dianne Mehaffey Jarjoura
I was one of the blessed children that Donna and Melvin welcomed into their home when I was a little girl almost 30 years ago. I have vivid memories of staying with them everyday, and will never forget the love that Melvin always showed me. He was like a big teddy bear and a Papaw to me, and his huge personality left a lasting impact on my life. As an adult now, Melvin was still always one of my biggest cheerleaders. He checked in on me often, supported my every endeavor in life, and still called me one of “his girls”. He loved life and everyone around him, and we are all better people for having had the opportunity to learn from his life and love. Melvin is undoubtedly a man that will be deeply missed by all that knew him!
Jessalyn Rathbone
Leigh Anne, So sorry for your loss. What a great life he had. Blessings to you and your family
Lena Horschler
Went to school with Melvin, he will be missed, Donna,we are praying for you and your family.
Larry & Pam Rector
So sorry to hear of Melvins passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you today and in the days to come.
Gail McElrath Paxton
My deepest sympathy to all of Melvin's loved ones. He was always so supportive of youth sports over the years, and also our Fastpitch Softball team the 20 years I was involved with them. I know he will be missed. God bless you all.
Juanita Dixon
When I was voted onto the Champion International paper mill firefighter team in 1985, Melvin welcomed me warmly and became my longtime friend. He enjoyed every minute and hour that our team was together for meetings, training, actual fires, and meals together. Melvin was irreplaceable. Rest in peace, brother.
Ken Johnson
Hello Donna, LeighAnne, and Leslie, So sorry for the loss of dear Melvin. I wilk never forget how he laughed and enjoyed making others laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Janice Silver, Lisa and Jeffrey Cody
Lisa Silver Cody
Melvin was a great friend and a fine man. I enjoyed coming back for games and standing up on top of the press box with him while he filmed. (Remember Melvin went from filming with 16mm, to video tape, to digital in his time with the camera). My prayers to the family and Melvin will be missed.
Robert Allen
Donna and Family, Melvin was a coach to my children and exuded patience and encouragement. He was appreciated and loved by each player while leaving them with cherished memories. I am so very sorry for your loss. Each of you are in my prayers during this sad and difficult time.
Debbie J. Lewis
Melvin was our daughters’ (Myra Keener Watson and Sarah Keener) first basketball coach. He taught them so many skills while teaching them how to be kind and a decent member of society. I always loved how he would pretend to be angry with the girls and then turn around and smile at the parents. He will be missed. Praying for you.
Larry and Hilda Keener
Dear Donna and Girls, We are so sorry for your loss. Melvin was a fine fellow and we have lots of memories of him, most having to do with ball of some kind or other. He was generous with his time when it came to coaching and working with young folks. He spent a lot of time with ours. Thank you for sharing him. Please know that we will be praying for God's peace nd comfort for you through the coming days. Randy and Janie Wood.
Janie Wood
I don’t even know where to begin. Melvin was one of a kind! He had the biggest heart and loved to laugh and joke around. He coached me many years in basketball and we kept in touch throughout middle school and high school. He played a crucial role in my love for the game. He taught us so much more than how to play the sport. Taught us how to be a great team player and how to hold our head up high if we lost. He taught us how to be confident. As I got older, he would be at the games and we always picked up like no time had passed. He came to check on me after I had open heart surgery and was like family. So much of what he taught me I now teach my kids in sports. Last time we talked he enjoyed hearing stories about my kids and how much they love playing just as much as I did. We would laugh about old times and how good those days were. I can’t imagine my time in youth sports being so impactful if I hadn’t been for Melvin. You always knew where you stood with him and I know he loved my family as much as we loved him. Melvin, I hope you are coaching one hell of a basketball team up in Heaven! You will be deeply missed! ❤️
Natasha Gentry Meadows
I’m so very sorry to learn of Melvin’s passing. I had not seen him for awhile. I was fortunate to have played sports, taught, and coached at Pisgah so you get to know the special people that have donated their time and a majority of their lives to making the entire community a better place for everyone. That was Melvin, and he happily built quite a legacy doing all that he did while coaching youth sports and supporting PHS. He was a Pisgah Bear through and through. He will be sorely missed, but will live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched with his kindness and generosity over the years.
Frank Cope