In Loving Memory
Christopher (Chris) Lloyd Robinson entered the rest from his labor on June 5, 2019, after a brief medical illness to which he demonstrated strength and unwavering faith and shared the same with the medical teams. He understood that his deeds followed with him and that he had made a name with God. Chris was informed about those who sleep in death, and courageously sought to travel alone the last miles of this life’s journey based on his belief “that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in death through Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 4:14).
Christopher, the eldest son of John Lloyd and Annie Robinson (deceased), was born on July 13, 1955, in Mobile Alabama where he lived until his family moved to California in 1967. He is survived by his loving siblings, Georgia O’Brien (West Bloomfield, Michigan), Rolina Brown (Elk Grove, California), and Alvion Noel Robinson (Sacramento, California). He was a devoted uncle to six nephews, Christopher O’Brien (Michigan), Larry O’Brien, Jr. (Alabama), Charles Brown (District of Columbia), Alvion Robinson, Jr. (Sacramento), Christian and Cameron O’Brien (Michigan). Chris loved and was proud of his nieces, Lea O’Brien, Keyaira O’Brien, and TaMira Brown. He cherished the time and talks with his devoted brother-in-law, Larry O’Brien; and honored his brother-in-law, Charles’ memory through his deep love and steadfast support of his wife, Rolina.
Christopher graduated from Highlands High School, where he played football, ran track, and established many friends. He attended American River College. He studied and was classically trained to play the piano. A grand piano was one of his first major purchases. He owned and played several guitars. Chris’ love for music knew no bounds. As a young boy, he would arrange singing competitions with his siblings and use a flashlight for stage effect. He would always win the competitions, and as an expression of love, he sang at his sister’s wedding. His vast library included a broad range of musical literature and albums from composers the likes of William Grant Still, Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis, Prince, Bach, and Beethoven. Much like his father, Chris had a great interest in automotive. His mother was known for her culinary skills, one that Chris picked up and developed by working at a restaurant owned by his best friend, Dexter Andrews.
Christopher loved the Lord and faithfully read the Bible, applied its instruction, relied on its word for endurance and a place of solace, encouragement, and hope. A neighbor recently described Chris as love, and indeed, it is true. His most notable expressions of love were with his family through the substantial contribution of care to his nephew Charles during his elementary school years and support of his entrepreneurship; his mother after his father’s passing and during her illnesses, his brother-in-law, Charles during his illness, and his sister Rolina for all of their years together. He loved, appreciated, and was proud of his sister Georgia Ann, and enjoyed their visits, phone conversations, and Bible studies. Chris was the go-to person for his brother, Alvion with whom he worked no matter the task or time of day. He adored his nephews and took great pride in their growing families.
Chris was also a gardener who spent many hours cultivating the yards of his family with most of his focus in Elk Grove. His caring hands and insightful knowledge of landscaping is unmistakable in Elk Grove. The casket spray flowers are from Chris’ garden and taken from hydrangeas that he planted in memory of his mother thirteen years ago. Chris not only gave love, but he also received love from many, including Dexter Andrews who loved him like a brother, their bond has lasted through the years during the best of times and most challenging times; Monica O’Conner who gave love, generosity, and compassionate concern; Lula Mae Pace who was more of a ‘surrogate mother” than a cousin. There are many others who impacted Chris’ life, Evelyn Frazier, Jan and Randy Schaffer, and other neighbors in the Laguna Lake Community; Cheryl Dennis and the Dennis family; Joan Allen Bryant; William Avery (Los Angeles) for his many years of friendship and support; and the many friends of his parents from Mobile who lovingly support their family, cousins and other relatives, the Kosmos, and the lasting friendships of schoolmates, colleagues, and neighbors.
“Moreover, brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who are sleeping in death, so that you may not sorrow as the rest do who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)