In Loving

James Norman Robinson

July 10, 1969 – September 14, 2021

James Norman Robinson, 52, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. He is preceded in death by his mother, Judy Horne Robinson, and survived by his loving daughter, Courtney Ann Robinson (Kiera); his best friend and father, William H. Robinson, Jr. (Diane); supportive and loving sister, Deborah Robinson Lumpkin (Bryant); numerous aunts and uncles, Susan Horne Props, Linda Garnett, Carol Rae Hudson (Frank), Nancy Jordan (Edward); and a host of cousins, friends, and church family.

He attended Lee-Davis High School studying HVAC. He achieved Master HVAC technician and held positions at various HVAC companies to include Service Manager. In his younger days he played baseball, football, and basketball. He loved watching or reading anything about football no matter who was playing, but he was an avid Miami Dolphins fan.  He had many hobbies and interests that included reading, billiards, fishing, riding motorcycles, playing guitar, singing, and playing cards with friends at the river. He had a love for animals and had many pets throughout his life and enjoyed feeding and watching birds.  He also enjoyed traveling, spending a lot of time in Peru, and travels across Bulgaria and the United States. He was fluent in Spanish.

He was creative and had an entrepreneurial side, always looking for an invention or idea to make life better for someone else. He was always kind and a good person, sharing knowledge to help others.  It was his free spirit and heart full of love and compassion that really made him a great person to know and love. He had a good sense of humor and was always willing to share it with others. He always seemed to have a host of stories to share that in themselves might not have been so funny but just the way he shared them was. He was generous with his smiles and kind words to everyone, and it was his faith that gave him strength and capacity to help and give to others. He would never take advantage and would act with integrity in his interactions in dealing with others, which he learned from his father.  He evolved to the understanding that things gathered during life hold little value. The understanding that comes from shared experiences is truly invaluable. So, to share in his words, “Smile big, hug hard, life is going fast.”   James Norman Robinson might summarize his life using the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd, “I am a simple man, take your time, don’t live too fast, troubles will come, and they will pass….”

He will be laid to rest next to his mother on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 3 pm for a graveside service at Washington Memorial Park, 6217 Memorial Drive, Sandston, VA 23150, Section 12B, Lot 26, Space 1. An online guest book is available at Please feel free to share your memories and stories of your time with James Norman Robinson for his daughter Courtney Ann. Donations can be made to the family to assist with expenses, inquire at [email protected], or memorials can be made to the Richmond SPCA.

Graveside Service


Washington Memorial Park

6217 Memorial Drive

Sandston, VA 23150


Fri, October 1, 2021


3:00 pm

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  1. Kamen Tsonev September 29, 2021 at 10:49 am - Reply

    I met James in 2001, while I was working at the Best Western Kings Quarters Hotel in Doswell, Virginia. He was always friendly and fun to hang out with. He showed me and some of the other exchange students who were in the US for the summer his favourite spot on the river and made us feel welcome. We kept in touch after I went back to Bulgaria to continue my studies. I clearly remember helping him organise flowers to be delivered to a girl he was trying to impress. He was a real gentleman. Many years have passed since then but we managed to stay in touch. He was taken too soon. May he rest in peace.

    • Debbie Lumpkin September 30, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Kamen,
      Thank you for sharing your time with my brother. It has been really hard losing him. Thank you for being his friend.

  2. Kristal Westbrook October 1, 2021 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I knew James in our high school days. Not a lot of conversations, but we were around each other through mutual friends. I remember his smile was always prominent. I also have memories of him and motorcycles. He was always nice and, as I remember, calm spirited. My prayers for the family!

    • Debbie Robinson Lumpkin October 2, 2021 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your memories of my brother.

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