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Soldier on leave with mom when she died

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com · 340-2395

A week after getting a two-week extension to stay with his dying mother, Sgt. Tim Robinson saw her take her last breath Thursday afternoon.

Katie Mae Jones, 61, died at about 4:20 at Decatur General Hospital. She had a stroke and cardiac arrest while receiving dialysis, Robinson said.

“I held her hand the whole time, told her her suffering was over and that I loved her,” he said.

Robinson was serving in Iraq with a military police unit
when he received a two-week emergency leave to visit his mother when she became ill in March.

His leave ran out last week after a four-day extension.

He asked for an extension April 17, but was denied by his commanding officer. The Daily shared the story of his plight, and two days later the Army granted his request for another two weeks and is considering letting him finish his remaining five-month enlistment in the United States.

Robinson said he’s thankful for the time he got to spend with his mother and is sure his presence kept her alive several more days. He hopes the Army will let him finish his five months here so he can put her final affairs in order.

Jones was born and raised in Decatur, Robinson said, and she moved to New York in the 1960s for a better life. She worked as a teacher’s aide in Brooklyn and retired as a clerk with the New York City Transit Authority.

Besides Robinson, she had another child, Anthony Jones, 38. Three grandchildren also survive her.

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