James "Jim" Leonard Robbins, Jr., 86, of Newport, passed away on Wednesday March 3, 2021. Jim served in the United States Navy and retired AKC Chief Petty Officer after 20 years of service to his country. Jim loved being called “Chief” by the Corpsman at Camp Lejeune. After his Naval career Jim joined McDonalds in a management position and later owned two franchises in North Carolina.
He traveled and shared many great memories with his beloved wife, Jean. One of his and Jean’s favorite memories were dancing to The Last Waltz, their favorite song at the NCO Clubs. He took great pride in the time he spent on the aircraft carriers Midway, Valley Forge and Saratoga. In honor of Jim’s love for the water, his ashes will be scattered at sea during a private ceremony by the family and special beloved friends.
Jim will forever be remembered as a respected man who was loving, loyal, kind and adored by his friends and family.
He was a one-of-a-kind man who always put the needs of others before himself. Once you were a friend of Jim’s, you always were a friend of Jim’s. While Jim wasn’t the greatest story teller, he was cherished for his sense of humor. He could never finish a joke before bursting into hysterical laughter.
You were lucky to get to the punch line, if you weren’t already laughing by the way Jim would crack himself up. Jim always had a smile on his face and kind words to share.
He never spoke ill of anyone and will truly be missed by his friends and family. To those who knew Jim, he was the greatest man and a true gentleman.
Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rachel “Jean” Robbins of Newport; son, Jeff Robbins of Newport; adopted daughter, Pace Winstead and husband, Ben of Atlantic Beach; sister, Shirly Dayton of Cambridge, MD; special friends, Kelly Hassin, Linda and husband, Kirby Welch, and Ben Winstead.
He leaves behind his beloved dogs, Sailor and Joy.
He was preceded in death by his father, James L. Robbins Sr.; mother, Mary Elizabeth Jones; and 5 sisters.
Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noebrooks.net
Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC.
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