Born Feb. 22, 1943 in Wilmington, N.C., Charles Clayton Robbins, Jr. of Bluff City, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at Bristol Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was a five year veteran of the U.S. Army having served with the 30th Artillery Brigade in Okinawa, Japan. He retired in 1997 after 30 years of continuous employment with Raytheon Company and its subsidiaries in El Paso, TX; Seoul, South Korea; Tehran, Iran; Bristol, Tenn. and Cedar Rapids, IA. Throughout his career, he was well respected for his worth ethic, his fairness, his management skills, and his genuine concern for those that worked alongside him. He later worked as a consultant for Litton Poly-Scientific in Blacksburg, Va.
He was 70.
Preceded in death by: his father, Charles Clayton Robbins, Sr.
Survivors include: his devoted and faithful wife of 48 years, Mitsuko Higa Robbins;
His sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Johnna Robbins of Jonesborough and Charlie and Wendy Robbins of Sweetwater;
Six grandchildren, Clayton Yushi and Samuel Allen Robbins of Jonesborough and Mika Louise, Hana Elizabeth, Emmi Katherine and Mari Annabel Robbins of Sweetwater;
Mother, Margaret Alverta (Lewis) Robbins;
Brother and niece, Robert Thomas Robbins and Aimee Robbins, all of Leland, N.C.;
Several aunts and cousins.
In honor of his request, his remains will be donated to medical education and research. A private memorial service will be held by his immediate family and special friends in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice in his memory.