Dr. John W. Robbins, 59, of Unicoi, passed away on August 14, 2008, at his residence. Born in Honesdale, PA, he was a son of the late Seamon L. and Edith Mary Smith Robbins.
Dr. Robbins was a member and elder of Reformation Church in Unicoi, TN.
He graduated from Honesdale High School, Grove City College in 1969 and Johns Hopkins University in 1973 where he received his PhD in political philosophy.
Dr. Robbins served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Earl Landgrebe of Indiana from 1973-1975; economist, The Heritage Foundation, 1975-1976; legislative assistant to Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, 1976-1977; and editor, Western Islands Publishing Company, 1977-1978. He again served as legislative assistant to Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, 1979-1981; Chief of Staff for Congressman Ron Paul, 1981-1985; economist, Committee for Monetary Education, 1985-1989; economist, Institute for Policy Innovation, 1990-1991; editor, The Freeman Magazine, 1992-1994; Professor of Political Philosophy, College of the Southwest, 1994-1996; and President, The Trinity Foundation, 1977- present.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Kaye Stephens Robbins; three daughters: Juley Lynn and Jason John Grady, Laura Kaye and Thomas William Juodaitis, and Meri Ellen Robbins; sister: Judith Ann Robbins Perkins; two brothers: James Otis Robbins and Paul Lavern Robbins; grandchildren: Zachary John Grady, Connor Benjamin Grady, Anna Katherine Grady, Chase Warner Grady, Grace Mekaylyn Juodaitis and Luke William Juodaitis; nieces and nephews: Jeffrey and Stephen Robbins, Roderick Perkins, Michael Perkins, Marla Bevin, and Jonathan Stephens.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday at 2:00 in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Services with Mark Evans and Paul Elliott officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Active pallbearers will be James Robbins, Paul Robbins, Jason Grady, Thomas Juodaitis, Bryan Lorch, Michael Perkins and Jeffrey Robbins.
Memorial donations may be made to The Trinity Foundation, P. O. Box 68, Unicoi, TN 37692.
Arrangements for the Robbins family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171.