Terrece Robinson, 25, and
Derrick Stephen, 29, soulmates

On Feb. 17, services were held for Terrece Robinson at Lawndale Community Church, 3827 W. Ogden, where the pastor is Rev. Wayne “Coach” Gordon. Services were officiated by Rev. Joseph Atkins.

Rev. Atkins reminded the overflow crowd of people, consisting of many young people Terrece’s age, that “God is near to the broken-hearted and God’s arms are always out-stretched. When the music stops and phone calls stop, God is still there.”

One of Terrece’s cousins, April Robinson, said, “Terrece and I were first cousins and when our grandmother passed, it was Terrece who told me, ‘Don’t cry, see the light shining on Grandma.’

Terrece’s grandfather, Rev. James Young, spoke about his granddaughter and how death can sneak upon you and surprise you. “We thank God for my granddaughter, her mother (Rosalind) and her son (Tyshawn). Keep her in your prayers.”

Terrece, along with her soulmate, Derrick Stephen, were both killed when their vehicle was hit by another car traveling at a high speed on Feb. 8 while driving home from work. Terrece had been employed with Save-A-Lot for 2 1/2 years where she was highly regarded by her supervisors and co-workers.

Terrece attended Byford Elementary School where she won several trophies for her basketball talents. She was also a member of the Pom-Pon Squad at Marshall High School.

Services for Derrick Stephen (29 years old), were held Feb. 15 at Rock of Ages Church in Maywood. Derrick was a second-born twin. He graduated from Austin High School where he was an outstanding football player. Derrick went on to play football at Mason City College, in Mason City, Iowa.

Terrece (who was fondly called “Puppet”) is survived by her parents, Donald and Rosalind Robinson; her son, Tyshawn; one brother, Donald Robinson, Jr.; one sister, Tempest Hooks; her grandparents, Elizabeth Kelly and Rev. James (Jean) Young; one niece; one nephew; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Arrangements were handled by Wallace Broadview Funeral Home in Broadview.

Derrick is survived by two children, Dereonna and TyShawn; his parents, William and Bernadine; his two brothers, Eric and Jeremy; and many uncles and aunts.

Arrangements were handled by Smith & Thomas Funeral Home in Austin.