Published On: Tue, Mar 18th, 2014

Tribe’s oldest member passes away

Carrie Sneed Robinson is shown at her 105th birthday party last July at Tsali Care Center.  (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Carrie Sneed Robinson is shown at her 105th birthday party last July at Tsali Care Center. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Carrie Sneed Robinson, 105, of Cherokee passed away peacefully on March 6, 2014 at the Tsali Care Center.  The eldest of 10 children, Carrie was born on July 18, 1908 to Cam and Minda Bradley Sneed. Carrie retired as a Dietician at the Cherokee Indian Hospital, before that job, she had worked at the Soco Day School and owned a small gas station and cottages. She also was instrumental in helping her son get started in his motel business. Carrie loved to fish, to sew and quilt, and travel with Tsali Manor seniors, she also enjoying working in her church. For the last years of her life Carrie was a resident at Tsali Care Nursing Home where the staff added so much to her life and she loved them dearly. At the time of her death, Carrie was the oldest member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 

Carrie is preceded in death by her husband, Winfield Nye Robinson, who died in action during World War II; brothers, Ernest Sneed, Pat Sneed and Vernon “Sunny” Sneed; sisters, Pokie Sneed, Claudia Sneed, Marie Maney and Winifred “Hooter” Tiger; grand-daughter Oosti Robinson Sneed.

Carrie is survived by her son Nathan Robinson and wife Ginger; grandson Shawn Robinson and wife Chris; grandchildren, Jamey Queen, Joely Queen, McKenna Sneed, Maddox Sneed and Takoda Robinson; sisters, Virgina Dixon and Priscilla Cooper. Carrie also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her.

The funeral service was held on March 9 at the Cherokee Baptist Church with burial following at the Cam Sneed Cemetery.  Pastor Percy Cunningham, Pastor James “Bo” Parris and Ray Kinsland officiated. In lieu of flowers donations or gift can be made to Tsali Care Employee Appreciation Fund, 55 Echota Church Rd., Cherokee, NC 28719.

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