BTU Burn Victim Passes Away

By: Clay Falls and KBTX Staff Email
By: Clay Falls and KBTX Staff Email
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BRYAN - Funeral plans are set for a Bryan Texas Utilities worker critically injured in an electrical fire at a power plant.

59-year-old Earle Robinson passed away Sunday.

He and two co-workers were injured last Tuesday at the Atkins Power Plant.

The other two workers Maurice Carlson and James Yendry were treated and released.

Earle Robinson was not only highly respected at BTU but also at his church where he served as a children's minister on Sundays.

News 3 has a look at Earle Robinson's life and how a congregation is coping.

Earle Robinson touched a lot of lives and souls during his 59-years of life.

The BTU Production Support Operator died Sunday, nearly a week after being critically burned in an electrical fire at the Atkins Power Plant in Bryan.

On Sundays he'd minister to nearly 100 children ages two through third grade, coordinating the children's service at A&M Church of Christ in College Station.

"Earle was a great gentleman; one of the most positive gentlemen I've ever met in my life," said Paul Atkinson, who is in charge of worship planning at the church.

"When it was time for children's worship Earle would stand up and all the little children would follow him just like the Pied Piper out the back door. He had all the sinless go with him and [Minister] Foree [Grove] had to deal with the sinners," said Paul Atkinson.

Foree Grove retired as the main minister of the church last week just two days before the fire.

"He always wore tennis shoes with bright colored shoestrings in them. Always had a smile on his face, he was deeply spiritual but very practical in the sharing of his faith," said Grove.

The church counselor and ministers will be available to speak with the kids about this tragic loss and talk about where Christ is in times like this.

"The Bible says let the little children come to me and Earle was like that. He was a mature man but he was childlike in his faith and he connected with the children very well on that level," said Grove.

He leaves behind his wife Sharon and son Barry.

Earle Robinson's Funeral is set for 2 P.M. Saturday at A&M Church of Christ on Highway 6 in College Station.

Attendees are encouraged to wear brightly colored clothes in memory of Earle as he liked to wear brighter shirts for his work at the church.

BTU officials declined to talk on camera but the company did issue a statement.

Gary Miller, General Manager of BTU, released this statement Monday:

"The City of Bryan and BTU are deeply saddened by the loss of a treasured member of our work family, Earle Robinson. Earle served BTU customers devotedly for the past 13.5 years and was well respected by his peers and in the community.

We ask the community to join us in remembering the Robinson family in our thoughts and prayers."

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The BTU worker burned in last week's fire at a power plant has died.

Earle Robinson and two co-workers were injured Tuesday when an electrical fire broke at the Atkins Power Plant. Robinson was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Maurice Carlson and James Yendrey were taken to St. Joseph Hospital but have since been released.

Robinson was a Production Support Operator and had worked for BTU for 13 and 1/2 years.


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