Activist, ex-candidate Greg Robinson dies

 

Gregory Charles "Greg" Robinson, a community activist and recent candidate for county office, died Sunday. He was 48.

A funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Union Baptist Church under the direction of Jack's Funeral Home.

Robinson was executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services, a position he had held since 1994.

The nonprofit agency, which provides financial assistance for low-income residents, was recognized nationally in 1998 for its outstanding service and performance by its NeighborWorks home ownership campaign.

Formerly a Democrat, Robin son made his first bid for public office as a Republican in last fall's Tulsa County Commission District 1 race.

He ran for the post on a promise "to have grass-roots involvement with people, so they can determine what it is they want to see and have and enjoy in the community."

"I believe people have lost control of government, and it needs to be put back in their hands," he said in a pre-election interview with the Tulsa World.

Robinson lost a close general election in November, picking up 44.8 percent of the vote in a race won by incumbent Democrat Wilbert Collins.

Born Feb. 18, 1954, Robinson graduated from Oklahoma City's Northeast High School.

He received a bachelor's degree from Langston University and a master's degree in public administration and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

He began a career in banking, including an appointment with American State Bank in Tulsa.

His nonprofit work began in 1991, first as a budget analyst and later as executive director of the Tulsa Community Action Agency.

Robinson served for about nine years on the Tulsa Civil Service Commission and was a deacon in the Church of the Living God.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Robinson; two sons, Gregory Robinson Jr. and Setlah Edward Robinson; a daughter, Coekie Robinson, all of the home; his parents, James and Iola Robinson of Oklahoma City; two sisters, E. Yvonne Morrow and Cassandra "Eddie" Walker, both of Oklahoma City; and a brother, James "Turt" Robinson Jr. of Oklahoma City.

Friends are making contributions to a scholarship fund set up for Robinson's children at MidFirst Bank.