Mrs. Sarah Pullen Robinson celebrated her 100th birthday one day early, on March 18, with about 130 family members and friends at the Carey Hilliard Banquet Hall in Savannah. Mrs. Robinson, a longtime resident of Jacksonville, currently lives in Savannah.
Mrs. Robinson was radiant in her pink outfit and tiara. She wore a pink slash that proclaimed “Its My Birthday”. She thanked God for keeping her through the years and said with a smile, “I’m 99 and in line for Kingdom time”.
Love of God and love of family is what has sustained her during the years, she said. “Family is important. Keep God first in your family,” she told those gathered.
She recalled a time during her teenage years when she dismissed her mother’s insistence to follow the guidance offered by the Bible. She and her siblings would be playing, and “Mama said children the Bible says,” she told the crowd. Now she is one encouraging her younger relatives to read the Bible and to serve God.
Family and friends traveled from throughout Georgia and from Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D. C., New York, and California to honor the matriarch of the Pullen family. Savannah native George Shinhoster, a nephew, was master of ceremonies for the festive gathering.
Mrs. Robinson was born March 19, 1918 in Pulaski, GA, the sixth of 10 children to Willie Oscar and Donnie Mason Pullen. She attended then-Savannah State College. In 1941, she married Rev. Stafford S. Robinson and they remained together for 75 years, until his death in 2016.
She dedicated many years to being a pastor’s wife and an elementary school teacher. She taught school for 36 years in Georgia and Jacksonville. “I never had a student that I couldn’t teach. All kids can learn,” she often said.
At Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Mrs. Robinson sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and was Conference President of the Woman Society of Christian Service (now the United Methodist Women).
For pleasure, Mrs. Robinson collected about 200 dolls for more than 50 years.
Surrounded by friends and family for her birthday, Mrs. Robinson said she is grateful for the people in her life and that she wants for nothing. While she never had children of her own, she said, “I feel like the old woman who lives in the shoe.
I have so many young’uns I don’t know what to do.”