Robert L. Stinson Sr., 80, was born in Griffin, Ga. on November 7, 1937 to the late Rev. Alance Stinson Sr. and the late Fannie Odessa Bankston Stinson. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior at a very early age. He was a life long member of Barrow Chapel where he served as Ward Captain and Steward until his decline in health. Robert received his formative education at Barrow Chapel and Fairmont High School which served as the primary schools for African Americans during segregation. Robert was united in holy matrimony to Rosa Bell Berry on November 11, 1961. They were married for 42 years until Rosa’s untimely death in 2003.
Robert loved his family. Robert was the father of four children which he often called “the best kids in the world”: Robert Roderick (Angela) Stinson (Griffin, GA), Rhonda Reneé (Mike) Miller (Griffin, GA), Robin Regina Stinson (Williamson, GA), and Robert Leon Stinson Jr. (Griffin, GA). He was the proud grandfather of 10: Jacoya Clinkscales, Christany Miller, Wonquill Stinson, Candace Stinson, JaRon Clinkscales, Chasity Stinson, R’rielle Stinson, Mikal Miller, Cierra Stinson, and Tizaya Binns. He was loving known as “Pop Pop” to his 5 great-grandchildren: Jakai Hollis, Camaria Wright, Caleb Stinson, A’riah Stinson, and Carson Dent.
Robert loved cars. A “car whisperer”, He had the God given ability to listen to any vehicle and diagnose the mechanical problem instantly. Robert worked professionally as a mechanic for RBM for over 35 years, later retiring from Coates foreign cars. He was one of the first African American foreign car mechanics in Spalding County, specialty Volkswagen, along with his brother Jackie Stinson. In his early years he raced fast cars, rode faster motorcycles, and was an avid hunter. In later life, Robert continued to work on cars, fish, and taxi friends and family until his decline in health.
Robert loved people and was a true humanitarian. Robert and his late wife Rosa had an open-door policy. Through their ministry of love, they often opened their home for many in need.
A “best friend” to many… Robert was loved by all. Robert is preceded in death by sister Dorothy Farley, brother Luther Stinson, brother Charles Stinson, sister Catherine Stinson, brother Wilbert Colbert, grandson Omarion Stinson, and great grandson Chrishawn Wright .
He leaves to cherish his memory siblings: Alance Stinson Jr. (Atlanta, GA), Maggie Jester (Cleveland, Ohio), Jackie (Mary) Stinson (Griffin, GA), James (Dorothy) Stinson (Griffin, GA), Carlton Stinson (Defiance, Ohio), Shirley (Grady) Banks (Griffin, GA), Walter Gerald Stinson (Griffin, GA), and Minster Shirley Ruth Gardner (Griffin, GA); beloved sisters-in-law: Pearline Stinson (Atlanta, GA), Vary Stinson (Griffin, GA), Dorothy Colbert (Griffin, GA), Linda Stinson (Griffin, GA), Ozel (Jimmie) Scott (Atlanta, GA), Sylvia Johnson (Williamson, GA); brother-in-law Wilbert Berry (Griffin, GA); loving companion Fondaria Thomas (McDonough, GA), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.
Visitation for Robert Stinson will be Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be in the Chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Minister Shirley Ruth Gardner will officiate. Burial will follow at Griffin Memorial Gardens.
Silver hair, golden heart. The legacy of Robert L. Stinson Sr.