Mr. Edward Stanley Robbins Jr., 98, of Killen, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at his home in Killen.
The funeral service will be Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. The Rev. Michael E. Carlisle will officiate. The family will receive friends in Mullen Hall on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until service time.
Mr. Robbins was born in Flomaton, Ala., and attended school in Mobile. Upon graduation from high school, he went to Dayton, Ohio, where he received his first practical training in the rubber manufacturing industry. In 1930, he returned to Alabama and settled in Tuscumbia. He purchased a manufacturing facility that had been closed for several years due to bankruptcy and developed it into Robbins Tire and Rubber, which at one time employed 1,200 people.
In 1957 in cattle barns on Shoal Creek, Mr. Robbins started National Floor Products Co. Inc. He later purchased the first site in the Florence/Lauderdale Industrial Park and was a leader in developing the industrial park. In 1994, National Floor Products was sold to the Canadian firm, Domco Industries. Today, the NAFCO plant is a subsidiary of Tarkett, one of the largest resilient flooring manufacturers in the world.
Mr. Robbins was named Muscle Shoals Citizen of the Year in 1974. He was a member and director of the Florence Chamber of Commerce and one of the original members of the Florence/Lauderdale Industrial Development Committee. He served on the board of directors of the Salvation Army. He helped organize and served on the board of directors of Sheffield Federal Savings and Loan Association as well as serving on the board of State National Bank, which became Compass Bank and First Federal Savings and Loan.
Mr. Robbins also served as a member and chairman of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Board, Birmingham branch. He served on the original board of directors of Riverhill School, the Quad-Cities Junior Achievement and was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. An avid boating enthusiast, he was one of the founders and served on the board of directors of Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club. He served on the board of the YMCA of the Shoals. In his honor, the facility was renamed the "E. Stanley Robbins Branch."
In 1989, Mr. Robbins founded a new company -- Robbins Industries. This plant is located in the Florence /Lauderdale Industrial Park and holds numerous patents for special kitchenware designs.
Mr. Robbins was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and served in numerous positions at his church through the years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Rose Wilson Robbins.
Mr. Robbins is survived by sons, Edward Stanley Robbins III and wife, Mary Lou, Florence, Harvey Frank Robbins and wife, Joyce Ann, Muscle Shoals, John Conrad Robbins and wife, Ruby, Killen, Rodney Wilson Robbins and wife, Trish, Florence; daughters, Martha Ruth Pillow and husband, George, Killen, and Katrina Robbins, Tuscumbia; grandchildren, Lisa Morris and husband, Felix, Teena Tucker and husband, Stephen, Nanette Robbins, Edy Carlton and husband, John, Harvey Frank Robbins Jr. and wife, Karen, Angela Robbins Williams and husband, James, Beverly Ann Robbins, Cynthia Ann Robbins, Elizabeth Fay Robbins, Joni Claudet Robbins, Rachel Pillow Mitchener and husband, Frierson, Frances Rebecca Pillow, Celeste Robbins Pillow, Jackson Bryan Nix and Samuel Robbins Nix; a sister, Maybeth Tompkins, Muscle Shoals; 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the dedicated doctors and caregivers who worked so hard through the years to provide him with the quality of life that he deserved.
The family requests that memorials be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box M, Florence, AL 35631, the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 728, Florence, AL 35631 or to the YMCA of the Shoals, 2121 Helton Drive, Florence, AL 35630.
Elkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.