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Nelson Robinson

Nelson Robinson

Sunday, December 18th, 1927 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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James “Nelson” Robinson passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, surrounded by family.

December 18, 1927, James Nelson Robinson was born to Clyde Earl and Wavie Thelma (Clarke) Robinson in Amarillo, Texas. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Freedom, Oklahoma where he lived until attending and graduating from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) in 1949. He served in the Army for 2 years then was a County Extension Agent before going into the field of farm broadcasting. He was a television and radio Farm Broadcaster at KWTV and then WKY, both In Oklahoma City. He moved with his family to Herndon, Virginia in 1970 to work for the Department of Agriculture in farm broadcasting, retiring in 1989. Nelson and Martha moved to Haymarket Virginia in 2006 where Martha still resides.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Jean (Vann) Robinson. They were married for almost 70 years. He is also survived by his sister Dorthy June (Robinson) Payne in Oklahoma; daughters Marta Robinson and Janis Jones (Mike Jones), and grandchildren Marissa Orcutt, Courtney Jones, Natalie Jones (Jake Maltbie), Maverick Jones and great granddaughter Aria Rose.

Due to the uncertain times in which we live, there are no services being held at this time. Instead, a Celebration of Life for Mr. Robinson will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The Parkinson’s Foundation.
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    12004 Lee Highway
    Manassas, VA 20109
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Kenneth Root

Posted at 11:16am
To Martha and Family,
I knew Nelson from his USDA days but was also linked by his mentor and employers: Wayne Lisle and Russell Pierson. Nelson was a gentle man and a gentleman. He worked with some of the greats of farm broadcasting and cast a long shadow himself. Russell, my original boss in farm broadcasting at WKY, spoke very kindly of Nelson and their years together. The legacy of our industry would be less without him. A long life, well lived. God bless you.

Tom Brand

Posted at 12:04am
On behalf of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), which Nelson was a member since 1957, I'd like to share our condolences with the Robinson family and Nelson's friends.
I've sorted through our association archives and found several pictures and articles that include Nelson at https://nafb.com/online-archives/RobinsonNelson.

Tom Brand
Executive Director
National Association of Farm Broadcasting

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