Bernice Neal Robinson, age 88, died on Friday, March 28, 2013, at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN after a short illness. Bernice had been residing with her grandson, Michael Moore, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. At the time of her death, she was visiting with her daughter, Peggy Moore-Breedlove.
Bernice was born on November 23, 1925, in Brush Creek, Tennessee. Her parents were Ernest Newton Neal and Lillie Mae Lawrence. Bernice had one sister, Mattie Francis Neal Frye. She grew up in Alexandria and graduated from Watertown High School in 1943. As a teenager, she worked for Goodner’s Dry Goods Store in Alexandria. After high school graduation, she took courses in business while attending Draughons College in Nashville, Tennessee.
After a brief courtship, Bernice married Robert Stanton Robinson on May 1, 1946. The couple lived in Clarksville, Tennessee where their daughter, Peggy Jean Robinson, was born. Bernice and Robert returned to Alexandria, Tennessee in 1949. Their son, Larry Robinson, was born in Lebanon, Tennessee. Bernice and Robert returned to Clarksville in 1956. Upon returning to Clarksville, Bernice worked for First Trust and Savings Bank as a teller and became a founding member of Excell Baptist Church.
In 1973, Bernice and Robert returned to Alexandria to care for Bernice’s father and built a home on the Neal farm. Bernice continued working as a teller at DeKalb County Bank and Trust in addition to assisting Robert with farm work and building a new home. She was an active member of First Baptist, West Main and Upper Helton Baptist Church and spent her free time helping her extended family and friends in the Alexandria community.
Bernice is survived by her daughter, Peggy Jean Robinson Moore-Breedlove (Floyd), grandson Michael Moore (Cheri) and great-grandchildren Rachel Moore, Robert Stanton Moore, Juliana Moore; grandson James Moore (Lori) and great granddaughter Lilli Moore; daughter in law Rhonda Morrison Robinson, grandchildren Wade Robinson (Niki), great-grandchildren Adriana Robinson and Carsten Robinson; grandson Jerry Robinson (Cynthia), great-grandsons Diego and Rocky Robinson, step great-granddaughters Melanie and Mechelle Scott; granddaughter Wendy Robinson; step-grandson Jeff Breedlove (Lori); step granddaughter Teresa Watson (Johnny), step-great granddaughter Brandi Watson Parker (Clayton) and step great, great-granddaughter Bentlee Parker.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents and sister, husband Robert Stanton Robinson and son, Larry Neal Robinson and son-in-law James P. (Pat) Moore.
Visitation will be held at Anderson’s Funeral Home, Alexandria, Tennessee on Thursday, April 3 from 5 pm to 8 pm and Friday, April 4 from 10 am to 1 pm followed by a service at 1 pm. A brief graveside service and burial will be conducted at Sango cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee on Friday, April 4 at approximately 4:15 pm.