History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
For over 120 years, families of Jefferson County and the surrounding area have trusted Ralph Robinson & Son. That trust has never been misplaced. Through the generations, the Robinsons have built a tradition of service, value, giving to this community and expertly caring for your needs when you need us most.
Ralph Robinson originally came to Pine Bluff as a cabinet maker for the railroad. In 1890 he acquired an existing livery stable and opened a cabinet shop above it. Among the things he made was a cradle so unique that its design was awarded a patent. He began making caskets and renting the horse-drawn hearse and carriages from his stable, and in 1892 began his own funeral service company on Barraque Street in Pine Bluff.
After Ralph passed away in 1926, his son, Adam Robinson, ran the business. During the Great Depression, Adam would often take food, livestock, or other bartered items for payment for funeral services because that was the only way many of his clients could pay.
Adam Robinson died in 1940 at a very young age. His wife, Emma Wilbourne Robinson brought an elegance and sophistication to Robinson's. Although it was very unusual at that time for a woman to run a business, many still talk today about her grace and care for others. She died in 1972. Her son, Adam B. Robinson, came to work with his mother after college and a tour with the United States Army during World War II.
Emma Robinson and her son, Adam, built the current location at 807 Cherry Street in 1954 and moved in in 1955. Robinson's had an ambulance service until 1964.
Adam Robinson, Jr. started working full-time for the funeral home in the early 1970s. He built two new visitation rooms onto the building in 1985 as more people started having visitations in the funeral home instead of at their family homes. He and his dad, along with a wonderful and dedicated staff, grew the business by making sure every family served by Robinson's got the attention they needed and deserved.
Our Valued Staff
Adam Robinson Jr., President
Scott Robinson, Vice President
Scott was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1997. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Lyon College in Batesville in 2001. Scott earned his MBA from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 2002 and an Associates Degree in Funeral Service from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2003.
He currently lives in White Hall with his wife, Amber, their beautiful daughter, Beverly, and their favorite Jefferson County Humane Society rescue dog, Oreo. Scott is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff.
Scott is a member of the Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff, Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce and White Hall Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County and Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation.
Wayne Easterly, Preneed Manager
Wayne was born and reared in Sheridan, Arkansas. He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1972, attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and graduated from the Kentucky School for Mortuary Science in Louisville, Kentucky.
He is married to the former Debbie Commer of Pine Bluff and they have two daughters, Stephanie and Stacy.
Wayne is a member of Watson Chapel Baptist Church, where he is a member of the Adult Choir.
He started working for Ralph Robinson & Son in 1977 and now serves as Preneed Manager. He is a licensed life insurance agent.
Wayne currently serves as 2nd Ward Alderman for the City of Pine Bluff, where he chairs the Administration Committee, and a member of the Ordinance and Resolutions, Public Safety and Public Works Committees.
He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Pine Bluff, past president of the Advisory Council for RSVP and a past member of the Election Commission of Jefferson County.
Vonda Oliver Gifford, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Jimmy Herring, Funeral Director
Jimmy Herring, Jr. is a lifetime resident of White Hall. He graduated from White Hall High School. He has worked for Robinson's for 16 years, where he serves as a funeral director. He is married to his wife, Tina Herring, and they have one daughter, Tiffany Martin.
He enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
Jimmy is a member of Hardin New Life Apostolic Church.
Teresa Billings, Administrative Assistant
Teresa joined the staff of Ralph Robinson and Son, Inc., in January 2014, with over thirteen years of experience in the funeral industry. Teresa is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School. She is married to Clif Billings Jr., of Rison. They have two children; son, Lee, and his wife, Brittany; daughter, Jamie, and her husband, Josh; two grandchildren, Easton Lee and Bryleigh Grace. The Billings’ are members of Bethel Number One Missionary Baptist Church in Rison. Teresa enjoys spending time with her family.