Arvel A. Robbins ©Enid News and Eagle 07-1982 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Cherokee – Funeral services for Arvel A. Robbins, 60, who died Wednesday afternoon in a Cherokee hospital after an extended illness, will be at 10:30 AM Saturday in the Bethel Baptist Church.
The Rev. W. Dean Rainwater and the Rev. Glen E. Gerber will officiate at the rites. Robbins will be buried in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Goodwin Funeral Home of Cherokee.
Robbins was born at Maple March 4, 1922, the son of John Ellis and Lily Arizona Robbins. He spent most of his childhood in Eastern Oklahoma. The family moved to Cherokee from Grove in 1937.
Robbins completed his education at the Oklahoma School for the Blind, under the sponsorship of the Cherokee Lons Club.
He and Mary Doris Beaver were married in Cherokee October 11, 1941, and had lived here since that time. In March 1957 he was ordained a minister and served several rural churches, including Union Valley, Willow Glen, Bible Mission and Vining, concluding at Calvary Bible in 1976.
Robbins also worked at shoe repairing and as a Mistletoe Express agent, beginning in 1946 and continuing until retiring in 1975, due to ill health.
He is survived by his wife Mary Doris of the home; three sons, J. R. Robbins, Norman, James Robbins, Medford, Tim Robbins, Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Carolyn of Oklahoma City and Mary Bethth of Cherokee; six grandchildren; three sisters, Taola (Mrs. Gary) Camacho, Fairfield, California, and Haze Ross, Enid. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia Ann; three brothers and a sister.
Robbins family has suggested that those who wish to make contributions in his memory to the Bethel Baptist Church Van Fund. The funeral home will serve as custodian of the Memorial fund.
Mary Doris Robbins ©Enid News 08-1985 Submitted by: Glenn
January 8, 1923 - August 31, 1985
Cherokee – The funeral for Mary Doris Robbins, 62, who died Saturday, August 31, 1985 will be at 10 AM Wednesday in the Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Glen E. Gerber officiating. Burial will be in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of the Goodwin Funeral Home.
Robbins was born January 8, 1923, at Cherokee to Robert C. and Sylvia Miller Beaver Robbins. She grew up in Cherokee and was a 1941 graduate of Cherokee high school. She married Arvel Robbins on October 11, 1941 in Cherokee. They owned and operated a shoe repair store and a moving company.
She was a music director at several churches in the Cherokee area.
Robbins served as the Cherokee registrar for the Oklahoma Health Department and as an executive secretary for the Red Cross.
She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, past president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and a past member of the Women's Professional Club. Robbins also was the leader of a community ladies Bible study club.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1972. Also her parents, a daughter, a brother, and a sister.
She is survived by three sons, John R. Robbins, Noble; James A. Robbins, Medford; and Tim A. Robbins, Hampton, Nebraska; two daughters, Carolyn L. Robbins, Oklahoma City, and Mary Beth Robbins, Dallas; eight grandchildren and a great – grandchild.
Memorials in her name may be made to Terry Ministries with the funeral home acting as custodian of the fund.
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