GC Robinett
February 1, 1926 – January 9, 2022
Columbia, SC – GC Robinett was welcomed at Heaven’s Gate by his Savior on January 9, 2022. He was born February 1, 1926 in Columbia, SC to Grover C. and Eula S. Robinett. GC attended Columbia schools and graduated from Columbia High School. He attended USC taking every accounting course offered. He is a graduate of the Institute of Government Accounting, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
After graduating from high school, GC enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving in World War II and the Korean conflict.
GC was a life member of Columbia First Baptist Church. He has held a variety of positions including assistant scout master, co-teacher of the Sunday school class, various committees, and deacon. He was an honorary deacon for life. He was faithful in supporting the church financially as well as with his time and talents.
He met Bertha Skinner in February 1947; and they established their Christian home on September 6, 1947 with their marriage at Columbia First Baptist Church. Their family of two daughters has grown to 28.
GC’s career has focused on accounting. He started working with a few small businesses and moved into municipal accounting in 1952 when he became clerk and treasurer of Eau Claire prior to its annexation to Columbia. He held this position until the annexation of Eau Claire to Columbia in 1955. Thereafter, he was the purchasing agent for the city of Columbia from 1956 to 1960. He became the first chief financial officer of the city of Spartanburg 1960-1962. While in Spartanburg, he and the city were the first recipients of the Government Accounting Award for Meritorious Accounting Improvement awarded by the SC Association of CPAs in cooperation with the SC Municipal Association. The Association of Municipal Financial Officers of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Spartanburg the Certificate of Public Financial Reporting.
His next career goal was finance manager for the city of Columbia, 1962-1985. In 1985 he became assistant city manager for administration (including finance) and in 1990 he added personnel and general services to his responsibilities as assistant city manager.
While directing the finances of the city of Columbia, his efforts improved the city’s bond rating to AA, resulting in savings for city residents. The city has received a Certificate of Compliance from the Municipal Finance Officers Association of US and Canada. It was provided only to the government unit whose financial report was found to be in substantial compliance with the high financial reporting standards established by the Association. When it was awarded to Columbia in 1974, only 239 awards had been given in the history of the MFOA.
During his tenure as CFO, he was instrumental in establishing business licensing guidelines for municipalities in South Carolina. He was also responsible for setting up an ambulance service for the Columbia area staffed with trained paramedics.
He retired in December 1990 after 38 years in municipal government. In 1991, Governor Carroll Campbell awarded GC the “Order of the Saw Palmetto” in recognition of his outstanding contribution to South Carolina municipal government.
GC loved spending time with family, traveling and spending as much time as possible in their mountain home. He and Bertha enjoyed sharing their retirement with family and friends. The years of retirement leave time for genealogy which quickly becomes a passion.
The past few years have led to a new home at Laurel Crest Retirement Community. This provided a new area to utilize his leadership skills and helpful nature among other residents. The staff provided excellent assistance and a very special TLC. The family is very grateful.
GC Robinett — Christian Witness with his lifestyle, leading, giving, sharing, smiling, laughing, joking – a blessed life that touched so many. We will miss him.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Bertha, his daughters Rowena (Rod) Funderburk of Columbia, SC and Nancy (Steve) Parrish of Stafford, VA; grandchildren Craig (Amy) Funderburk of Lexington, SC; Alicia (Robert) Amerson of Irmo, SC; Heather (Chris) Johns of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania; and Grant (Jen) Parrish of Warrenton, VA, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
A celebration of his life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 22, 2022 in the Boyce Chapel of First Baptist Church, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC. Visits will follow the service. There will be a private burial at Greenlawn Cemetery prior to the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Submissions can be made to the Television Ministry of the First Baptist Church of Columbia (1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29202) or to a charity of your choice.
Memories can be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Published by The State on January 16, 2022.

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