HOUSTON SUN NEWSPAPER CO-PUBLISHER LONAL ROBINSON DIES
HOUSTON – LonalRobinson, 63, co-publisher of The Houston Sun Newspaper, passed away on March17 after a four-month hospital stay. He is survived by his wife of 40 years,Dorris Ellis Robinson, his four children and five grandchildren.
Theentrepreneur and community volunteer, was well known for his work coaching andtraining youth in football, basketball and baseball. Lonal, an athletic starborn in Lima, Ohio, organized sports leagues and teams for children in eachcommunity in which he lived including Champaign, IL, Madison, AK, and Houston.
Incollaboration with Houston ISD and the City of Houston, Lonal spearheaded the creation of amulti-use sports field for children in Third Ward and established the HoustonMetropolitan Youth Sports Association, which teaches boys and girls footballand baseball. His most recent civic activity was to support the Friends ofEmancipation Park efforts to renovate the 140-year-old historic landmark. MayorAnnise Parker recently announced an $18 million renovation and upgrade projectfor Emancipation Park.
In1983, Lonal and his wife, Dorris, established The Houston Sun newspaper; and in1990 he opened the first black-owned comedy club in the Southwest, the Comedy Place, whichfeatured acts including Chris Rock, Adele, DL Hughly, Adele, and Ricky Harris.
Here are final arrangements for the Homegoing Services for Mr.Lonal Robinson. Please use this information to assist you in guiding yourparticipation with the Robinson Family as we celebrate Mr. Robinson’s life.
Funeral Arrangements for LonalRobinson March 26, 1949 – March 17, 2012
FuneralizationSchedule: Lonal Robinson will Lie In State at Mabrie Memorial Mortuary Thursday, March 22, 2012 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Mabrie Memorial Mortuary 5000 Almeda Road Houston, Texas 77004 713.942.7673.
Wake and Expressions: Thursday, March 22, 2012 Viewing begins at 6 p.m.
Family will be there at 6:30 p.m. to receive condolences
Program begins at 7p.m. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church 3826 Wheeler Avenue Houston, Texas 77004 713.748.5240
Funeral Services: Friday, March 23, 2012 1 p.m. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Pastor Rev. Dr.Marcus D. Cosby and Pastor Emeritus William Lawson 3826 Wheeler Avenue Houston, Texas 77004 713.748.5240
Monday, March 26, 2012 11:30 a.m. Houston National Cemetery 10401 Veterans Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77038
Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Mabrie Memorial Mortuary,713.942.7673.
The family requests live plants or vases or donations be sent to MabrieMemorial Mortuary, 5000 Almeda Road, Houston, Texas 77004.
Donations can be made in memory of Lonal Robinson and given to: Houston SunEducation Foundation PO Box 8041 Houston, Texas 77288, or the “Friends of Emancipation Park”, 3018 Dowling Street Houston, Texas 77004
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