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Ada Ella Whitney Robinson, went home to be with the Lord on April 25, 2020 at the age of 91, the youngest of four children, was born to Ada Ellen and Joseph Whitney on October 27, 1928 in New York City. Ada lived a full life, obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from Hampton Institute, a Master’s degree from Howard University and also served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. She married Alvin R. Robinson in 1956. They lived in Chattanooga with their five children and were married for 57 years. After her husband died, Ada remained in Chattanooga with family and friends until 2017, when she moved to Washington D.C. for the final two years of her life. In Chattanooga, she first worked as a dietician and then as a teacher at Elbert Long Elementary School for many years. She was active in several clubs and organizations including the Charisma Club, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Scenic City Chorale and was a board member of the Chattanooga African American Museum. She was an avid charter member of the Washington Hills United Methodist Church, singing in the choir and participating in Vacation Bible School yearly. Ada is survived by her five children: Cora (Ed) Smith, Roy (Faye) Robinson, Cecile (Nikongo) Robinson, Drs. Audrey and Terry Thompson and Alvin (Anastasia) Robinson; eight grandchildren: Aaron Smith, Whitney (Josh) Broadbent, Nathan Robinson, Ivana Robinson, Nikongo BaNikongo, Kenge BaNikongo, Alexander Robinson, Ava Robinson; and one great grandson: Asher Broadbent.  Ada is also survived by nieces: Saundra (Donald) Curry and Karen Whitney; nephews: Wendell and Bryan (Nancy) Holland and other relatives. Ada will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all those who knew her. Services will be held privately. A memorial service will be held at a later date.               Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Gamma Sigma Theta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho and online condolences can be added to the Guestbook on the John P. Franklin website. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995

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  • Monday, April 27, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    I called you mom when I was growing up. Always a sweet person. I know that your family will miss you. Audrey, I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing but fond memories at the Robinsons home. God bless
    ~ Kim Pryor   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020
    My heartfelt condolences to the Robinson Family. May the Lord provide you with peace and comfort. Such fond memories at your home when we were growing up. God bless you! Bonita Hobbs Grant and Family
    ~ Bonita Hobbs Grant   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020
    My heartfelt condolences to the Robinson Family. May the Lord provide you with peace and comfort. Such fond memories at your home when we were growing up. God bless you! Bonita Hobbs Grant and Family
    ~ Bonita Hobbs Grant   Chattanooga, TN
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
    Prayers to the Robinson family for the loss of a lovely lady.
    ~ Tam Peoples   Chattanooga, TN
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
    Prayers to the Robinson family for the loss of a lovely lady.
    ~ Tam Peoples   Chattanooga, TN
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
    My condolences to Ada Robinson's family. Ada and I knew each other as Chattanooga African American Museum board members and her wisdom was greatly appreciated. She always had a positive outlook and such a sweet smile.
    ~ Joyce Campbell   Chattanaooga, TN
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
    Keeping the family in prayer on the loss of your loved one - sew was a wonderful person. Haven has truly gained an angel.
    ~ Deborah Ragland   Chattanooga
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
    I am heartbroken for your loss. Your Mother was so kind, gentle and loving. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories of a life so beautifully lived.
    ~ Guy Poux   Boulder, CO
  • Saturday, May 9, 2020
    So glad I had the opportunity to meet Miss Ada,Such a beautiful Christian Woman.I truly enjoyed working with her.Praying for the Family.Love you All
    ~ Sandra Byrd   CHATTANOOGA, TN
  • Saturday, May 9, 2020
    So glad I had the opportunity to meet Miss Ada,Such a beautiful Christian Woman.I truly enjoyed working with her.Praying for the Family.Love you All
    ~ Sandra Byrd   CHATTANOOGA, TN
  • Saturday, May 9, 2020
    So glad I had the opportunity to meet Miss Ada,Such a beautiful Christian Woman.I truly enjoyed working with her.Praying for the Family.Love you All
    ~ Sandra Byrd   CHATTANOOGA, TN
  • Monday, May 11, 2020
    I extend my deepest sympathies to the Robinson family. Ada and I sang in the Scenic City Chorale together. I think she was a founding member back in the 1960s. She was a beautiful lady and a lovely singer. I missed her when she had to leave.
    ~ Karen Diamond   Chattanooga, TN
  • Monday, May 11, 2020
    My deepest condolence is with the family at this time. Mrs. Robinson was a loyal and dedicated Hamptonian. In keeping with the Hampton University Alma Mater, she certainly "let her life do the singing."
    ~ Andre Boaz   East Ridge, TN
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020
    Just wanted to send my condolences to Mrs. Robinson's friends and family, but especially to her children. Her youngest son, Alvin, and I were good friends in grade school and high school and I have very fond memories of her and her children. Much love and condolences to those close to her. She was a special lady. All my best, Shawn Rogers Nolan
    ~ Shawn Nolan   Chapel Hill, NC