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Memorial Service

Appalachian Funeral Services Chapel, Sylva, NC
Saturday February 26th, 2022

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Appalachian Funeral Services Chapel, Sylva, NC
Saturday February 26th, 2022
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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McDaniel "Dan" Robinson

McDaniel "Dan" Robinson, 95, of Cullowhee, passed away Friday morning February 11, 2022. 

He was born July 17, 1926, in McDowell County, to the late Wilkie Fate Lafayette Robinson and Bertha Jarrett Robinson. He joined the Navy at 17 years of age and served in WWII as a gunner’s mate. He was in the second wave of "D" day and landed on Juno Beach in 1944. When he returned from the war, he went to college and played football at Western Carolina University on a G.I. Scholarship. He also attended Peabody College. After graduation he went on to be an assistant football coach at Greenwood, SC, High School under Coach Pinky Babb. He then went on to be Head Football Coach at Morganton High School from 1952-56. In 1956 he returned to Western Carolina University as head football coach and held that position until 1968. He then stepped down and continued to work at WCU as a professor until his retirement. He served as a Wildlife Commissioner in North Carolina, as a County Manager for Jackson County, and as a campaign manager for Congressman Jamie Clark. He also served as a Senator for North Carolina from 1999-2002. He liked to travel with Jean, spend time at the beach fishing and working in his wood shop.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 59 years, Jean Williams Robinson; brothers, John Biss, Champ, and Bruce Cecil; sisters, Virginia Maude Penland, Vergie Mae Miller, Nellie Jane Rowland, Lena Delores Lawrence, and Mary Grace Bradley. 

He is survived by two daughters; Stephanie E. Robinson of Durham, NC, Jennifer R. Chapel (Marc) of Hartland, WI.; a son, McDaniel "Mac" Robinson Jr. (Sheila) of Spruce Pine, NC; six grandchildren, Danielle McCool (Seth) of Spruce Pine, NC, Sarah Robinson of Waynesville, NC, Ben Robinson of Spruce Pine, NC, Will, Jack and Charlie Chapel all of Hartland, WI.; and one great-grandson, Kade McCool of Spruce Pine, NC.

We would like to thank Nancy Wingrove and Pat Tuller for the constant and loving care they provided Dan and Jean, also the exceptional care that Harris Palliative Care and Hospice provided our family.

A Memorial Service will be held for Dan and Jean 2:00 PM Saturday February 26, 2022, in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services, Sylva NC. The family will receive friends from 12: 00 noon until 2:00 prior to the Service at the Funeral Home.

In leui of flowers donations can be made to Harris Palliative Care and Hospice, 81 Medical Park Loop, Suite 203, Sylva, NC 28779

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A candle was lit in memory of McDaniel Robinson

Gary Brown Jul 26 2022 1:02 PM

It was an honor to attend the memorial service for Dan and Jean yesterday. Both Dan and Jean were very special and important people in my life. Remembering my last visit with them is so sweet and Dan still had that great laugh of his. I will always cherish the years I worked with Dan and traveled with he and Jean on the Campaign trail. I think I was the second person he told after he had been home for lunch and had decided that he was going to run for NC Senator. He was so excited and had a hugh smile on his face. I loved and will miss Dan and Jean.
To their children and grandchildren: "memories oh! what good times."

Patsy Lovedahl Feb 27 2022 7:51 PM

It is hard to find words to describe the relationship I had with Dan over many years. Both he and Jean were so kind to me as a young boy growing up on Bear Lake. He taught me how to enjoy a great bird dog and showed me his favorite hunting spots. We had a wonderful time and shared many stories while working together at the justice center. Dan was an outstanding public servant and represented his district with pride and conviction. A good man that will be remembered as a great man by all who knew him

Frank Watson Feb 24 2022 9:38 PM

To Jenny, Mac, and Stephanie: Risa, David, Mom, and I are all thinking of you. We all have such wonderful memories of your family. Your parents were wonderful people and we missed them when they left Forest Hills. Much Love, Kim

Kimberly J Shuler Feb 24 2022 10:03 AM

To Stepanie, Max, and Jenny. Bob and I loved your parents very much and will miss them. Still we are happy with wonderful memories of our times together and we are so glad they had such good, fulfilled lives. Love to all, Susie Ray

Susie Ray Feb 23 2022 12:16 PM

Please accept the condolences of the Bird family. Dan was Charlie Bird's best friend for many years. After he greets his dear Jean, I hope he and Charlie will share some laughs and stories.

Laura Bird Feb 22 2022 4:58 PM

An exceptional man!

Allison Padgett Feb 15 2022 3:16 PM

A candle was lit in memory of McDaniel Robinson

Jerry and Judy Hicks Feb 15 2022 8:55 AM

A candle was lit in memory of McDaniel Robinson

Dennis and Judy Wilkey Feb 14 2022 12:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of McDaniel Robinson

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