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The Reverend Milton Winslow Robinson was born on May 12, 1960, in Warsaw, Virginia, to Allen and Hilda Taylor Robinson who precede him in death. He was a man of many talents and a deep passion for music. Milton had a strong interest in black history, particularly his own family’s history and genealogy. He was a humble man who loved his family and had a devout love for the Lord. Throughout his life, he lived by the scripture Proverbs 22:6, which guided his dedication to children. Milton dedicated his career to educating children and retired from Essex High School in Tappahannock, Virginia in 2023.
Milton received his education from the Rappahannock Public School System, graduating from Rappahannock High School in 1978. He went on to Virginia State University (VSU), where he played in the VSU Marching Band and became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 1982, he was honored as the Omega Man of the Year. During his time at VSU, Milton met Emerald Yvette Knight, whom he married on October 4, 1986. They were blessed with two sons, Trey and Raven, a daughter named Tiara, a daughter-in-law named Samara, and five grandchildren: Montrel, Lola, Ella, Isaiah, and Somani.
After completing his studies at VSU, Milton pursued further education and earned Master’s degrees in Divinity and Christian Education from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia.
Dedicated to serving God and His people, Milton began his service by teaching Sunday School, leading Bible Study, and serving as a Youth Pastor. In 2000, he answered his formal call to preach and was licensed at Second Baptist Church in Warsaw, VA. He was subsequently ordained at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Kinsale, VA. For 14 years, Milton served as the Senior Pastor of First Union Baptist Church Rexburg in Tappahannock, Virginia until his passing on October 17, 2023.
Throughout his life, Milton inspired others with his unwavering faith in God. Hebrews 11:6 scripture that guided him through life’s trials and tribulations. He was a man of great faith.
Milton is survived by his loving wife, Emerald Yvette Robinson; children Trey (Samara), Raven, and Tiara; grandchildren Montrel, Lola, Ella, Isaiah, and Somani; god-daughter Sakaia; siblings Beatrice Ball, Vera Rich, and Annie Robinson; sisters-in-law Mary Robinson and Carmen M. Knight; mother-in- law Edith M. Knight; aunts Juanita Wells and Mary A. Jones; nieces Angela Jones, Jacinta Reed (Eddie, Sr.), Janita Tompkins (James), Anya Robinson, TaeLa Robinson, Alexandria Robinson; nephews Jarees Commock, Sr.; great nephews Marquel, Jordan, Kaleb, Cario, Eddie Jr., Jarees Jr., James III, and Lyric; great nieces Tia, Gabby, Zion, Zikira, Jazelle, and Camryn. He is also remembered by a host of cousins, fraternity brothers, church family, friends, and co-workers.
Milton’s memory will be cherished as his legacy lives on through those he touched.
Reverend Milton W. Robinson beloved Pastor of the First Union Baptist Church-Rexburg, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, October 17 at the VCU Medical Center, Tappahannock, Virginia. Services of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, October 28 at 2PM in the auditorium of the Essex High School, 833 High School Circle, Tappahannock, Virginia.
Interment will follow in the First Union Baptist Church Cemetery- Rexburg.
Remains may be viewed from 12 Noon until service time on Saturday, October 28 at Essex High School.