Family, friends, neighbors, church members and citizens of the Savannah community surrounded Mrs. Alberta B. Stokes in the sanctuary at St. Philip AME Church on Saturday, April 17th to celebrate her 100th Birthday. She was born April 15, 1910.
It was a Praise Celebration through song and dance with selections rendered by choirs, musicians and dance groups such as the St. Philip AME Church Foundation Choir, God’s Project, Lori Lewis, Melody Perkins, and the Creative Expressions liturgical
Other celebratory expressions and tributes were made by St. Philip AME Church where “Ma Bert,” as she is affectionately called, is the oldest active member in Church and Sunday School; the Women’s Missionary Society, Church Women United, the Jerusalem One Hour Watch, Spanish Oaks and the City of Savannah represented by Alderman Van Johnson .
A very special gift in song was presented by her Great-great granddaughter, Aryanna Collins. Other family tributes were presented by her daughter, Dorothy B. Campbell and her granddaughter, Paula Council. Devotional prayers and scripture readings of thanksgiving were made by Greg Linton, Queen Thomas, and the Reverend Delores Johnson. The Reverend Dr. John Foster, Senior Pastor at St. Philip AME Church, presided. This great program of praise and celebration culminated with a banquet in the Holder Fellowship Hall at the church.
The life of “Ma Bert” is in fulfillment of the scripture from Deuteronomy 5:33 as selected by her family as the theme scripture for the hourthat “You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.” (NKJV).