James Edward (Jebbert/Jim) Robnett went to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at his home in Duncan, Oklahoma, surrounded by his loving wife and daughters at the age of 91. He was born on March 21, 1928, in Terral, to Carlie Simon Robnett and Mary Lucile (Caraway) Robnett.
Visitation is Sunday, August 25, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Whitt Funeral Home. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 26, in the Chapel at First Baptist Church in Duncan with Rev. Ray Ledbetter officiating. Interment will be in the Duncan Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by the Stephens County Honor Guard. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home in Duncan.
Growing up, James worked at the Robnett Family Garage in Terral, for many years and became an expert mechanic. He graduated from Terral High School in 1946. He was the Terral Class Clown. As a Terral Indian, he loved sports. In baseball, he was a pitcher and also played 1st and 3rd base. He was also active in track and basketball.
After graduating, he enlisted in the Army on August 29, 1946, and served in the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served with the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment and attended Glider School. He was a driver of a 2-1/2 ton capacity truck in the transportation of personnel and equipment. He also serviced and repaired vehicles which included stowing and lashing of equipment on cargo gliders, glider flights and basic glider tactics. He would go to battlefields overseas and drop food and supplies by parachutes, and at times, he would have to parachute. He was extremely afraid of heights. He was decorated with a World War II Victory Medal. He also did a lot of KP duty, peeling a whole lot of potatoes. Talk about someone that could peel a potato with not a speck of waste, he could! After serving18 months, he discharged on February 23, 1948.
During his service in the Army, he was home on furlough and went to the pharmacy in Ryan, Oklahoma, where they served old-fashioned shakes and sodas made by hand and you could sit at little tables with attached round red seats and enjoy your drink while looking at Comic books. It was love at first sight! He met the love of his life, Amy Jo Ball from Union Valley.
After discharging, he returned and he and Amy Jo married on July 24, 1948 and moved to Terral. They celebrated their 71st anniversary one month ago.
James was hired by Halliburton in Duncan as a Mechanic in the Truck Shop. He drove to and from Terral daily. Eventually, they moved to Duncan. He was a Foreman in the Truck Shop with 35 years of service when he retired. The day he left, he went in and told them he was retiring, got his things, and left.
He started his next job the day he retired. Prior to retiring, he would pick up his grandchildren, Michelle and Eddie, every day after work and take them home with him. The day he left Halliburton, he picked up his youngest grandchildren, Jeremie and Jayce, and started being a full-time babysitter. The job he loved most was being a full-time Papa!
James was a devoted Christian and loved the Lord. He was such a blessing to his family. He was so loving, caring, and compassionate. He was a very loyal and devoted husband and loved his wife, Amy Jo, dearly. He was a very hard worker and provided well for his family. He was an amazing husband, father, Papa, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend. There was nothing he wouldn't do to help anyone. He was always putting everyone else first. He set such a good example for his family. He was dearly loved and adored by his family, friends, coworkers and everyone whose life he touched. He will truly be missed. He loved going to all the kids’ and grandkids’ sports. He was always there. He was the grandsons’ baseball teams Papa. They all called him Papa and thought he was so cool. He loved homemade ice cream. He liked to go camping, fishing, working on cars and trucks, golfing and tennis. He was very good at tennis and won many State Tournaments. He loved dogs, especially Jayce's dachshund, Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife, Amy Jo Robnett, Duncan; two daughters, Pam Reid and husband Mike Reid, Duncan, and Jamie Hefner, Duncan; two grandchildren, Michelle Reid and fiancé Scotti Roberson, Duncan and Eddie Reid and wife Frankie, Duncan; great grandchildren, Nikki Reid, Duncan, Kayli Hefner and Brody Arbuckle, Blanchard.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Carlie Simon and Mary Lucile Robnett; two brothers, R.D. Robnett and Ray Elton Robnett; and two grandsons, Jeremie and Jayce Hefner.
Serving as pallbearers will be Eddie Reid, Scotti Roberson, Rick Sellers, Randy Sellers, Corky Sellers, and Gary Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Reid and Glen Klein.
Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh.com.