Jasmine Ernest Robinson

May 8, 1927-July 18, 2020


Jasmine Ernest Robinson was called home to her Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

She was born May 8, 1927, at Greencastle, to Roy and Nora Singleton Ernest.

She attended grade and high schools, graduating in 1945. She immediately found employment in Indianapolis with P R. Mallory Company as an inspector of walkie-talkie radios for the U.S. government.

Jasmine met Andrew Robinson, and they were married March 14, 1947. They moved to Crawfordsville. To that union a baby girl was born, whom they named Regina.

Jasmine became a maid, a cook, and a seamstress — making all of the children’s story books into handmade quilts and giving them away. She was an inspector of crowns at Crown, Cork and Seal Company.

Wabash College hired Jasmine as administrative assistant in the computer center, where she remained for 28 years before retiring in 1990. The board of directors of the National Association of Wabash Men selected Jasmine to receive the Honorary Alumna Award for the Class of ‘85 on Sept. 29, 2007. The computer center in the Malcolm X Institute bears her name.

Jasmine’s numerous accomplishments included hosting a Jazz Show on WNDY Radio on the Wabash Campus, called Cookin’ With Jazz. She wrote a cookbook labeled with the same name, which can be found in the public library.

She was past president of the NAACP.

From childhood Jasmine had a love for music, which continued through her adult life. She was the director of music at Second Baptist Church for 45 years.

Jasmine also loved sports. She was a member of the All-Women’s Softball Team sponsored by Elston Bank. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988 at C’ville Lanes Bowling Center. She returned to bowling in 2014 at the age of 87 at Plaza Lanes.

Jasmine was a member of Grace and Mercy Ministries where she played the organ.

She was preceded in death by husband Andrew; parents; sister Althea Ernest; four brothers, Leland, Everett, Raymond and William; and son Andrew Junior.

She leaves to mourn one daughter, Regina King of Indianapolis; two nephews, Aaron Boone of Florida and Thomas E. Churchill II of Martinez, California; and adopted daughter Carol Eubank Warren.

Jasmine demonstrated a love for life and a love for others. We will miss her humor, her hospitality, her wonderful meals, her generosity and her loving kindness.

Friends may call 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 25 at Grace and Mercy Ministries, 257 W. Oak Hill Road, Crawfordsville. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Nathan Miller and Pastor Josef Lee officiating. Burial will be at the Danville (Illinois) National Cemetery.

It is requested that all attendees please wear masks and practice social distancing.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burkhart Funeral Home.


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Nancy S King

I'm so sorry for your loss!! Jasmine worked with my Mom (Shirley Howard) at Wabash College. They were good friends back then. I would run in to your Mom when out shopping. She was such a sweet gracious lady!! I will miss our encounters!


Nancy King

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