Martin Ray Robinson

February 19, 1945 - October 20, 2021

Martin Ray Robinson, 76, of Seattle Washington, formerly of Sour Lake, died Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at Park West Nursing and Rehabilitation, Seattle Washington. He was born February 19, 1945, to Johnnie Poland Robinson and Lloyd Robinson.

He is survived by his daughter, Marilea Robinson of Seattle, Washington; sister, Joan Dudley and her husband, Marvin, of Fannett; brother, John Robinson and his wife, Elaine, of Northwest Forest; sister, Jackie Horton of Port Neches; brothers, Barry Robinson and his wife, Rosa of Seguin; Garry Robinson of Beaumont; and Benny Robinson and his wife, Janelle, of Wildwood.

He is preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Robinson; mother, Johnnie Robinson; brother, Danny Robinson; and wife, Carolyn Richey Robinson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hardin County Little Dribbles, 1675 Texas Street Nome, Texas 77629, or Twin County Youth Baseball and Softball, P.O. Box 88 Sour Lake, Texas 77659, or Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption (SARA), P.O. Box 813 Seguin, TX 78156.

A gathering of Martin’s family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 29, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive. His funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 30, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Sour Lake, 765 6th Street, Sour Lake, with his interment to follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Sour Lake. The family please requests that you wear proper face covering.

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Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • October 29, 2021
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funeral Service

First Baptist Church – Sour Lake
  • 765, 6th St, Sour Lake, TX, 77659,
  • October 30, 2021
  • 10:00 am


Rosedale Cemetery
  • 765, 6th St, Sour Lake, TX, 77659,

Comments (11)

    Susan Jaros says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Marilea. Your Mom and Dad were both so dedicated to us TCLD girls. They brought joy to our lives and I have nothing but fond memories of them. Great memories and I consider myself lucky and privileged to have known such a kind man and an awesome woman.

    Martha Bogan Quibodeaux says:

    I grew up only a block from the Robinson family so knew all of them. Wish their names would be under each so I knew what they looked like later. John and Martin Ray both look like their Dad. Loved reading what each person wrote and am proud to have known how great he turned out to be. I don’t live far from Barry so could visit maybe one day. A few years ago Martin came to the China School Reunion and it was great to see him and visit a few minutes. My prayers go out to the whole family. Thank you for the pictures being shared.

    Stephan Malick says:

    Martin Ray was kind and understanding to our group and deserves to be at peace now. He was greatly loved by his daughter Marilea — and I know he was certainly proud of her. He is loved by all those that knew him.

    Kay Nolte Abernathy says:

    This is the day to pay tribute to Martin Ray. So many of us spent many years in Little Dribblers, and he led us all: The Beniots, the Macans, the Craigers, the Turners, the Andersons, the Guillorys, the Cartwrights, the Spears, the Kibodeauxs, the Copes, the Martels, the Noltes, the Nichols, the Pelts, the Abernathys, the Greers, and so many more I cannot name tonight. Martin Ray added to our lives, and we all remember those special days. We share our love with all and others we may have missed. Thank you, Lord, for what Martin Ray gave to us.

    Kay Nolte Abernathy says:

    I know I must add the Browns…Mr. Brown and TC sat an early morning game day on a street in Mexia with “wall to wall girls” in two hotel rooms, as TC described it many times. We got them to games; they played; they won! Martin Ray guided them.

    Teresa Attaway Dumphy says:

    My condolences to Marilea and all of Martin Ray’s siblings. What a great, giving man he was. He would help anyone who needed it. I had taken a local needy man to get food at J&R’s once and Martin Ray was there. He helped me and followed up with the man later to see if he needed anything. Martin Ray was one of my Sunday School teachers and made our lessons fun which is not always easy to do, he usually kept us laughing. He started a youth program there and helped get a pool table installed which was a big deal for a Baptist church. I visited he and Carolyn a number of times; they were such a sweet, genuine couple. Marilea was the light of their lives.

    Jesse “Chunky “ Curlee says:

    Martin Ray had to be the kindest and most liked person in our class. One of the many great people who came to HJ with consolidation. I feel fortunate to have known Martin Ray and only wish I had visited with him in recent years. I didn’t know that he was so involved in youth sports, but it doesn’t surprise me. Martin Ray was a giver. He loved people and everyone who ever knew Martin Ray loved him.

    Tammie Nolte says:

    Martin Ray started Twin Country Lil Dribblers and was so passionate about getting kids started early in sports. For over 40 years, Martin Ray had a hand in future Hawk basketball stars and state championships at Hardin-Jefferson. Let’s remember that youth sports was his volunteer gig and he did the same for baseball and softball. The programs that Martin Ray helped start have fed into HJ sports for years and taught so many kids about teamwork.

    Martin Ray was great guy who continued to follow all sports and was well taken care of by Marilea in his later years… when most of us would have given up. Marilea kept her dad supplied with the daily sports section and recorded games on TV. Things that brought him joy.

    Martin Ray may not have remembered the daily stuff or the scores from yesterday’s games, but he could remember the names of great Hawk athletes and what they were great at. Not all of us were great athletes, but he remembered us too from back in the day.

    I’d love to see HJ start ‘The Martin Ray Robinson Coach of the Year Award’ for the most passionate, impactful volunteer coach in the area.

    Tammie Nolte, Twin County Lil Dribblers 1976-1982

    Lana Brown says:

    When you are young you never think that this day would ever come and we would always live forever. The many, many great times we shared in Little Dribblers I will never forget. He was the best coach ever and taught us more than just how to win. He taught us life skills that would stay with us forever. Martin Ray impacted many lives and taught us to never quit. As he always said “quitters never win and winners never quit!” Remember G.A.T.A in the huddle!! LOL. He took us all over Texas playing basketball and It was truly the very best days of my life. I will never forget it. Martin Ray was a very special man and like a second Dad to most of us. Thanks for all of the great memories Martin Ray. You will truly be missed and forever in our hearts and minds.

    Linda Lowe Griffin says:

    The first memory I have of Martin Ray was going to his junior prom with him when I was a sophomore. A magical night. Our little group was allowed to then
    have a “camp out” followed by breakfast at one of our group’s home. It was wonderful and as innocent as could be. So many of that little group are now gone; Carolyn Richey, Patricia Lee, Robert Hunter, David Bonnette. Rest In Peace Marty; thanks for the memories.

    Judi and Ronnie Benoit says:

    To Martin Ray’s family,

    Martin Ray was one of a kind and will be missed by our entire community

    Hardin Jefferson basketball program is what it is today because of him. He helped so many people get jobs, find careers and was a true parent to thousands of young people.

    He made the world a better place and I’m so glad we called him friend.

    God rest his soul.
    Judi and Ronnie

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