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Judith Chandler Robinson


Last updated 11/25/2020 at 5:39pm

Judith Chandler Robinson, 85, of Brevard, passed away at home Nov. 17, 2020, surrounded by her family singing softly.

Born to Dudley Carlyle and Georgia Totten Chandler June 25, 1935 in Kingsport, Tenn., her family moved between North and South Carolina as her father’s textile mill positions dictated, and eventually settled in Lincolnton, N.C., where she met her future husband, Jerry G. Robinson. After high school their courtship continued when he entered Davidson College and they married following his junior year. Their first two sons were born as he completed his studies and the young family relocated to Decatur, Ga., where he completed his Master of Divinity degree.

Their pastoral life began in serving small churches in South Carolina and settled them in Edgefield, where they welcomed their third son to the flock and developed friendships they held dear through the rest of their days. All the churches and communities served were enhanced by her gracious hospitality, loving ways, gentle nature and quick wit.

She attended Lenoir-Rhyne and Gaston colleges and completed her degree in nursing at USC-Aiken. From there, the family relocated to Brevard, where her husband, Jerry, served as pastor of Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church.

Her career took her to hospital settings, the practice of Dr. Charles Lefler in Brevard, and eventually to her calling as a public health nurse in Macon and Gaston counties until her retirement. Her role as a mother/baby nurse took her on many home visits in the hills, hollers, rural communities and urban settings, each filled with loving compassion, a gentle smile and a steady presence for new and veteran moms. She never lost her love of babies and asked to hold, rock, and cuddle even when she was no longer able to verbalize those wishes.

She created a welcoming home wherever the family settled. The talented cook, creative homemaker and gracious hostess brought folks together at a dining room table set with Canton china and all the trimmings, as well as picnics of homemade pimiento cheese sandwiches and fresh tomatoes from the garden, equally served with love, and a big pitcher of sweet tea with lemon, affectionately called DDTea because no one could make it like she.

Her parents, beloved sister, Martha, and love of her life, Jerry, preceded her in death.

She is survived by sons, Jerry “Rob” (Lisa) and Tim (Anna), of Brevard, and David (Melissa), of Pineville; grandchildren; Chris Robinson, Nathan Robinson, Amanda Lambert, Jesse Robinson, Olivia Shuler, Anna Li Robinson and Lily Robinson; and seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Kay (Erson) Whitener, of Denver N.C. and brother, Dr. D.C. Chandler Jr. (Winborne), of Winston-Salem; dear nieces, nephews and cousins; her chosen family members, Kathy Carlyle (Gail Johnson), of Aiken, S.C. and James Carlyle, of Atlanta, Ga .; and precious friends, Sandy and Dick Cannon, of Texas.

A family celebration will be held in her honor and memory at a later date when they can gather safely. To leave a condolence or memory of Judy Robinson, visit

For the loving care and support of Judy and her family during their journey, the family expresses profound gratitude to Becca Teague, of Shirley’s Angels, and the staff of Care Partners Hospice, of Brevard.

The family asks that a memorial to Care Partners Hospice of Brevard ( and/or a kind gesture to others be considered to perpetuate her loving legacy.


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