In Memory of



Obituary for Rev. Wade Robinson

Marvin Wade Robinson, Sr. was born in Winnsboro, LA on June 29, 1935 and passed away in Jonesville, LA on July 10, 2020.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen Fay Robinson; parents, John Dale and Katie Robinson; one brother, John A. Robinson; two sisters, Helen Lafferty and Lillian Thomas.

Wade married Ellen Luttrull on June 7, 1957; they had two sons, Marvin W. Robinson, Jr. and Travis Dale Robinson and one daughter, Dorothy Grace Kennon.

Upon completing studies at Greenville College, Greenville, IL, Wade was ordained a minister in the Louisiana Conference Free Methodist Church. He served as pastor in the following churches for over 50 years: Halford Chapel, Illinois; Oak Grove FMC, Jonesville, LA; Provencal FMC, Provencal, LA; Chickasaw FMC, Olla, LA; Columbia FMC, Columbia, LA; McAllen, TX; Edgewood FMC, Pineville, LA; Antioch FMC, Olla, LA; Summerville FMC, Olla, LA; Liddieville FMC, Winnsboro, LA; Litchfield FMC, Illinois; Bunker Hill FMC, Illinois; New Hope FMC, Deville, LA; Winnsboro FMC, Winnsboro, LA; Jena FMC, Jena, LA; and Acme FMC, Acme, LA. He was devoted to bringing the truth of God’s Word, both in the pulpit and in his day to day life.

Other interests included hunting, fishing, reading, and social times with family and friends. Wade was an accomplished carpenter, electrician, plumber, salesperson, and papaw! Wade dabbled in writing and drawing. He was also known to make a fantastic banana pudding a diabetic could eat and a mean sweet potato pie.
Wade had a near death experience in 2003 while attempting to rescue Ellen from a tragic camper fire. He was badly burned and had to have multiple skin grafts. Upon waking from a coma, he is quoted to saying, “As soon as I was alone, I prayed, ‘Lord, I don’t want a bitter spirit. Please save me from that. It seemed to me God said, ‘Use humor.’’” And he became one of the world’s best at using humor!

On May 29, 2004, Wade married Cynthia “Cindy” Mahnke and added to his family a son, Kenneth (Beverli) Mahnke, Seguin, TX; two daughters, Sheryl Mahnke, Pineville, LA; Connie (Leroy) Tucker, West Chicago, IL.

Survivors include: wife, Cindy Robinson; three sons, Marvin (Dorothy Mae) Robinson and Dale (Cassandra) Robinson, Kenneth (Beverli) Mahnke; three daughters, Dorothy Kennon, Sheryl Mahnke, and Connie (Leroy) Tucker.

Grandchildren: Melissa, Randy, Katie, Travis Jr., Drew, Kyle, Cade, McKenna, Andrew, and Robert.

Great-grandchildren: Ayla, Colton, Allie, Gavin, Owen, Brielle, Mark, and Hunter Gray.

A very special thank you is given to Stillwaters Hospice of Alexandria for their outstanding care of Wade since September, 2019. Everyone was so caring and understanding of his every need.

Wade was a loving husband, Daddy, Papaw, and friend to all. He will be deeply missed. But he will be waiting by the gates of Heaven for us.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Ray, Randy, Steve, Melissa, David, LeRoy and Aaron. Honorary pallbearers will be Katie, Travis Jr., Carlos, Ken, Rev. Carroll, Paul, Charles, Floyd.