James Carville Robinson of Millington, MD passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. He was 87.
Robinson was born Aug. 10, 1933 in Millington, MD; the son of the late William Noland Robinson and Ruby Mae King Robinson. After graduating high school, Carville served his country in the United States Army. After an honorable discharge, he returned home and, in 1963, married Katherine “Kitty” Walters.
After 23 years as a senior manager and officer of the Millington Bank, Carville worked for the Hogans Agency, Inc. in Chestertown as a senior insurance agent and realtor for 40 years. He retired in 2008.
“He was Mr. Millington back in the day,” remembered Matt Hogans, CEO of the Hogans Agency, Inc. “He started the Millington office for Hogans and ran it until we closed it in the mid 90’s and then came to Chestertown.”
Throughout his life, Carville was always a very active member of the community helping anyone in need. He served on the Kent & Queen Anne’s Hospital board (which became Chester River Health Systems) for 25 years and the Magnolia Hall Nursing Center board. He was a member of the Millington Lions Club for 60 years and a Melvin Jones recipient, the Millington Volunteer Fire Department for 60 years and past treasurer, Masonic Lodge 115, American Legion, Bay Area Association of Realtors, Inc., Maryland Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.
In his younger years, Carville enjoyed playing and coaching baseball and softball, and playing tennis. Throughout his life, he enjoyed traveling, playing poker (or any card game) with his closest friends, and spending time with his family. Carville was an avid sports fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Colts, and Ravens.
One his most cherished sports memories was being in attendance at Yankee Stadium for the so-called “greatest game ever played” – the 1958 NFL Championship between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants, won in sudden-death overtime by his beloved Colts.
“Carville was one of my favorite people; you never saw him when he was not upbeat,” remarked Dennis Hager, local business owner and Mayor of Millington for 14 year in the 1990s-2000s.
Robinson and Kitty are longtime friends of Hager.
“They met when they both worked for Millington Bank,” recalled Dennis Hager.
Hager recalled Robinson’s contributions to the Millington Volunteer Fire Company, where he was the longtime treasurer, and the Millington Lions Club.
“The Millington Lions Club had disbanded back in the early 1970s and Carville played a key role in reviving the organization in 1987,” Hager said, who has an active member alongside Robinson. “He was the only member of the Millington club to be recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow, which is the highest honor Lions Club International bestows on members for their work on behalf of the organization.”
Hager noted that for all the work that the Millington Lions Club had done as part of the organization’s vision mission, Robinson benefitted as well. Robinson suffered from macular degeneration during his later years. He was able to use a magnifying reader purchased years ago by the Millington Lions Club.
Hager recalled that Robinson was always positive. As his vision failed, he taught himself to use a walking cane and could be seen taking his daily strolls around his hometown up until earlier this year.
“He always had this positivity as he walked around town,” Hager said. “We need more positivity along the way.”
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Ben Rash of Charleston, SC.
Carville is survived by his wife Katherine Walters Robinson of Millington, MD, son John H. “Jack” Robinson of Columbia, MD, daughter, Jane Tosten (Glenn) of Middletown, DE, sister, Betty Ann Thorpe (Ken) of Ocean View, NJ, brother, T. Edward Robinson (Lucille) of Millington, MD, three grandchildren, Glenn E. Tosten (Karen) of Chestertown, MD, J. Corey Tosten (Jennifer) of Middletown, DE, Kaitlyn C. Robinson of San Diego, CA, and three great grandchildren, Andrew L. Tosten and Emily L. Tosten both of Middletown, DE, and Charles R. L. Tosten of Chestertown, MD.
A graveside service will be held privately by the family in Asbury Cemetery in Millington, MD.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Carville lived a full, wonderful, and impactful 87 years filled with love, compassion, energy, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to supporting and serving his family, his community, and anyone he could. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Millington Lions Club P.O. Box 120 Millington, MD 21651.
Arrangements by Fellows Family Funeral Home Millington, MD.
Remembrance includes original reporting by Stephen Meehan and funeral home obituary information.