Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr. ’71

Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr. '71

Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr., age 69, a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019. He lived life to the fullest and will be dearly missed. 

Born October 11, 1949, he was a son of the late Adam Benjamin Robinson and Elizabeth Fox Robinson. He was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1967 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1971. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1973. 

Adam was the fourth generation of his family to be involved in funeral service in Pine Bluff and the surrounding area. He was the President of Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc., President of Cooperative Life Insurance Company, and Secretary-Treasurer of Robinson & Fuller, Inc. 

Always interested in improving funeral service, he continuously sought ways to better serve families and help them honor their loved ones. Adam also further helped funeral service by serving in leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. He was a president and member of both the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association.

He was proud to have the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and as president of the organization in 2012-2013. 

Adam was a generous, thoughtful, and charismatic man who could command a room and bring joy to any community. He also never met a stranger and cared deeply for people with his gentle, giving nature and spirit, finding his greatest joys in being present for others. 

He was a member of the board of directors of Simmons Bank from 1995 until present, with positions on the Simmons Bank Director Credit Committee and the Senior Credit Committee. Adam loved contributing to Simmons’ credit culture and service to communities. 

Always active in efforts improve the quality of life in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, he served in numerous organizations, including a past president of Fifty for the Future, Inc.; a past member of the board of directors for the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce; a past member of the board of directors; and a past member and president of the Pine Bluff Civic Auditorium Complex Commission.

Adam was also a past member and chairman of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Development Council and a longtime member of the Pine Bluff Downtown Rotary Club. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a past-president and member of the board of directors of the Pine Bluff Country Club. 

A tireless and enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Pine Bluff, Adam was the co-chairman of the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Endowment Building Campaign in 1993 and oversaw the fundraising and construction of the Center’s permanent home. He was a past president in 1987 of the Arts Center board and also appeared in numerous roles in the Arts Center’s theatrical and musical productions. 

Though Adam was reluctant to take credit and quick to give it, his awards included 2006 Small Business Person of the Year from the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce; the 2002 Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Volunteer of the year; the Arts and Science Center Catherine Bellamy Award in 2013; the 1993 Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year, presented by Morticians of the Southwest; and the Special Impact Award for 1991 All Civic Night presented by the Chamber of Commerce. 

Adam’s survivors include his wife, Anne Seawell Robinson, whom he married on March 30, 1974 in St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City; two sons, Adam Scott Robinson of Pine Bluff and William Seawell Robinson and his wife, Dr. Christina Kilby of Crozet, Virginia; his two beloved granddaughters, Beverly Anne Robinson and Clementine Kilby Robinson; a brother, Spencer Fox Robinson and his wife, Debbie of Pine Bluff; and a sister, Dr. Margaret Robinson Rutherford and her husband, Dick of Fayetteville. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. John Landis and Reverend Gordon Topping officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son. 

Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Robinson’s. 

Memorials may be made in Adam’s honor to the Arts and Science Center Endowment Fund, 701 S. Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601; or to Hospice Angels, 3801 S. Camden Road, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. 

Online condolences may be made at RalphRobinsonandSon.com

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Charles “Charlie” Davidson Slagle ’74

Charles “Charlie” Davidson Slagle was born on March 25, 1952, in Binghamton, New York to the late Arline Davidson Slagle and Robert Malone Slagle. Charlie passed away at age 67 on July 1, 2019.

Charlie was full of life, and his energy was contagious. He loved his family, his friends and all the players he coached along the way. We will all remember his loud voice, competitive spirit, sense of humor, and that he never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed and forever loved.

Charlie is survived by his children, Barry Slagle and Amelia Letourneau, his siblings Robert Slagle and Janet Jacobs and his grandchild, Clara Slagle.

Friends and family members are welcome to attend the memorial service, officiated by Rev. Preston Davis, on Sunday, July 28 at 3pm at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St. Davidson, NC. The service will be followed by a reception in the Lilly Gallery on Davidson College’s campus.

In lieu of flowers, the family request you remember Charlie’s legacy in two ways. You may make contributions to the Davidson College Charlie Slagle Scholarship, Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035. You may also make contributions to The E2D charity which helps children receive the educational tools they need regardless of their economic situation. E2D was founded by Charlie’s friend, Pat Millen and supported by Patrick Braxton Andrew, best friend of Barry Slagle and a former player for Charlie, who passed away tragically in 2018.

Patricia Ann Morris Harris ’77

Patricia Ann Morris Harris, 64, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Edward M. Harris of Perkasie, PA, her daughter Patty Harris Dawson and son-in-law David Dawson of Quakertown, PA, and her son Mac William Harris of New York City, NY.

She is also survived by her parents Mac Glenn and Janelle Connevey Morris of Princeton, NJ, her brother Robert Steven Morris of Cleveland, OH, her sister Janelle Morris Thibau and brotherin-law Eric Thibau of Potomac, MD, and her brother John Logan Morris and sister-in-law Susan Teare Morris of Princeton, NJ, along with many loving nieces and nephews. 


Patricia, known to her family and friends as Pat, grew up on Clearbrook Farm in Princeton, NJ and attended the Princeton public schools. She graduated in 1973 from Princeton High School and attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC, matriculating in the first co-ed class. She founded the Davidson Women’s Chorale Group and was lead singer in several campus musicals. She graduated in 1977 with a B.A. in Music. 


Patricia was an advertising sales associate at the Norfolk Ledger Star newspaper and worked in a nursing home in Norfolk, VA, before joining the team responsible for the opening of the Princeton Campus of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith, Inc. on Scudders Mill Road. She enjoyed a long career at Merrill Lynch, and later Bank of America, in Human Resources where she focused on Manager Training. She later joined the staff of Thompson Toyota in Doylestown, PA where she made many wonderful friends and colleagues on that exceptional team. 

Countless family members, friends, and the community have heard Pat playing piano and guitar and singing over the years with her family. Aside from her career, she was a dedicated wife to Ed and a wonderful mother to Patty and Mackey. A highlight of her life was the recent wedding of her daughter Patty to David Dawson outdoors at a beautiful farm. At that wedding, her son Mackey, a songwriter in his spare time, assembled his friends and launched the “Silo Boys” as a band unmatched in its talent. Pat was proud to be anointed their Number One fan.

In addition to her love of family and music, Pat was famous for her baking and canning, and her homemade chocolate chip cookies and coffee cake were relished by all. She loved her collies, musicals, horseback rides, and singing duets with her sister Janie. She loved to drive out West with a car full of cousins on annual family trips. Pat is known to be the fountain of kindness that has fed a very large extended family and will continue to serve as an inspiration of giving to family, her church, and the community at large. Pat will always be remembered for the music that brought joy to everyone around her, and which will forever be celebrated by those who knew and loved her. 

Pat grew up in the Nassau Presbyterian Church of Princeton, NJ and was a member of the congregation of Deep Run Presbyterian Church of Perkasie, PA.

Services will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at twelve o’clock noon at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. 


The family wishes to thank the kind and loving staff at The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and her doctors and nurses who cared for Pat as if she was one of their own. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her name to Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

John Reid Moore ’75

John Reid Moore '75

John Reid Moore, 65, of Roswell, Ga, passed away at his home on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

He leaves his beloved wife of 39 years, Beth Shoulders Moore; and three daughters Jennifer (Chris) Miller of Augusta, Ga, Kimberly (Scott) Haynes of Roswell, Ga, and Elizabeth Moore of Atlanta, Ga. He also leaves two beautiful granddaughters Henley (age 2) and Emily (2 weeks) Haynes.

Reid was born May 1, 1953, in Washington, D.C. but spent his childhood in Chapel Hill, N.C., and summers in Woods Hole on Cape Cod. He is preceded in death by both parents John Wilson Moore and Natalie (Lee) Bayless Moore of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Reid is survived by his sister Marjorie (Howard) Kastrinsky of Nashville, Tenn., brother Steve (Kathy) Moore of Raleigh, N.C., brother Jonathan (Megan) Stuart-Moore of Chapel Hill, N.C., stepmother Ann Stuart of Chapel Hill, N.C., and many nieces and nephews.

Reid attended Davidson College where he met Beth their freshman year. He was an active member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and known for his pranks. Reid graduated from Guilford College and worked in financial management as a CPA throughout his career.

Reid loved raising his girls on the lake in Gainesville, Ga, boating and, most of all, spending time with his family. He also cherished the bi-annual golfing trips with his buddies known as “the Divots.”

The Moores will receive family and friends at a visitation on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Poole Funeral Home, 1970 Eagle Drive, Woodstock, Ga, 30189, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. The family will have a private lake burial the next day.

Memorial gifts can be made in honor of John Reid Moore to the Northside Hospital Cancer Foundation (give.northside.com) to provide financial assistance to cancer patients in need.

Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Apr. 20, 2019