Clarissa Nicole Robinson was born to her parents, Bobbie Bailey Robinson and Larry Robinson, on October 28, 1976, in Selmer, TN. To their surprise, there was another baby to be delivered. Her twin sister was born one minute after her. Clarissa quickly became the leader of the two siblings. She was always taking care of her baby sister, putting her sister's needs above her own. Clarissa attended elementary school at North Elementary in Savannah, TN. She excelled academically throughout her school career. She took a few AP college classes in her Senior year of high school, including AP English, where her love of reading was fed. Clarissa was rewarded with an honors diploma and a full scholarship to the U of M. She left her mom and sister for the first time in her 17 years to be on her own. She was not able to complete her college degree at that time, but wait, there's more. Clarissa came home to her loving mother and began working at Days Inn in Savannah, TN, for Jay and Dee Patel, who, along with their beautiful girls, became family. While working at Days Inn, she was blessed with a beautiful baby boy, Elijah Solomon Robinson, who survives—now being a single mother like her own mother. Clarissa's drive shifted to making a better life for her and her son. Clarissa returned to her beloved U of M, all while working a grueling full-time job and raising a child. She completed her bachelor's degree in 2010. She began her professional career with the State of Tennessee shortly after graduation through a program to give motivated recipients of Families First an opportunity to get off the system. She then transitioned to a permanent full-benefit job in Waynesboro, TN. Clarissa ultimately returned to work closer to home and her child. At the retirement of her supervisor, she was approached by her co-workers to be the replacement. Clarissa felt extremely unqualified and humbled that her coworkers trusted her to lead them, and lead them she did. Clarissa took to her new position as if she had been born to lead. She loved her "babies," as she called them, and they loved her. She would answer emails and calls even if she was off or sick. Clarissa was poised to again climb the ranks in the State of Tennessee in June before God brought her home to Him. She had begun taking classes online to obtain her Masters's Degree in public service with U of M before passing. She leaves her womb- mate, and son to mourn and treasure her memory until they see her again, along with her co-workers, friends, and family. The family asks three things, tell those you love that you love them daily. Once they're gone, you can't give them their flowers. If you don't have a church family, please find one and allow Jesus to enter your heart. He is the ONLY thing that will get us through the pain of losing another piece of our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to set up a scholarship fund in her name and contributions to The Table in Savannah, TN.