Billy G. Robinson, 78, former sports editor of The Marietta Times, died Friday (Nov. 9, 2012) at Heartland of Marietta.
Born in Milan, Tenn., Nov. 22, 1933, he was the son of Joe Forrest and Hazel Green Robinson and the grandson of Joe and Juanita Browning Robinson and John Cannon and Ira Frances Johnson Green.
Robinson graduated from Milan High School in 1951, receiving the U.S. Rubber Co. Award as the outstanding senior. He graduated from the University of Memphis in 1955 with a bachelor of science degree summa cum laude and from the University of Missouri in 1956 with a master's degree in journalism.
While at the University of Memphis, Robinson was sports editor of the student newspaper and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity. He served as a sports correspondent for The Nashville Banner, was an officer in the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, and a sports writer for The Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Robinson served in the U. S. Army Reserve and became sports editor of The Marietta Times in 1958 and was sports editor 27 years and a sports writer for the newspaper for more than 50 years. He was also sports editor of the weekly Marietta Leader for several years.
Robinson was a member of the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Hall of Fame and received Marietta College's Distinguished Service Award, the Ohio High School Southeast District Meritorious Service Award, and the Ohio Athletic Conference Media Award. He was instrumental in the NCAA scheduling the first Division III baseball World Series in Marietta in 1976 and served on the World Series committee for several years.
Robinson, a member of the Church of Christ, was a lover of collie dogs and had seven during his lifetime, including Adam, his last.
Robinson leaves several special cousins, families, and friends and was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Graveside services will be held Friday (Nov. 16, 2012) at Oakwood Cemetery, Milan, Tenn. Time will be posted when arrangements are complete. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, P.O. Box 5, Marietta 45750
Online condolences may be made to hadleyfh.com