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Mother Grace Robinson

November 18, 1928 ~ June 7, 2020 (age 91)

It is with heartfelt sorrow that the management and staff of Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc. announces the passing of Mother Grace Robinson of Darlington. Mother Robinson transitioned on Sunday, June 7, 2020 in a Florence hospital.

The family of Mother Grace Robinson in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state and local community, would love to be surrounded by your presence, however they have decided to have a funeral service with ONLY 10 individuals at 9:00 AM on Friday, June 12, 2020 at Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, 500 W. Marion St., Florence. Interment will follow in the Florence National Cemetery.  They acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions and ask that those who attend the service ensure you are wearing BOTH MASKS AND GLOVES and practice social distancing.  During this time, the family needs mostly your prayers and understanding. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.

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     Mrs. Grace Amarinthea Robinson was born on November 18, 1928 to Grace Smith and Calhoun Waddell in Darlington, South Carolina. She united in Holy Matrimony to the late Willie James Robinson of Sumter, SC and to this union two children were born: Gloria Jean Jones and Willie James Robinson, Jr.

     In 1954, Willie J. Robinson, Sr. relocated to Philadelphia, PA to find work and she with their children followed shortly thereafter. Grace, fondly known to her family as “Rente”, was a kind, sweet, loving, and compassionate woman with a bold spirit who was loyal & devoted to her entire family. She willingly shared whatever she had, not only with her family and extended family but also with friends and neighbors as well. Rente’s home was always a place where you could find love, prayer and care in times of need.

     When family members moved north her home was always a place for shelter, food and compassion. She was always in prayer for those passing through, and like her mother, would take you in. In fact she was like Harriett Tubman along the passage to a new life. We often joked that she took in both stray animals as well as people seeking a way to come out of the cold. Her children were reared by her in the church and she made sure they were faithful in Sunday School and youth services as well.

     Mother Robinson labored in the Lord for over sixty years winning souls as a dedicated witness and became known as a prayer warrior. She has covered her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with prayer and supplication to the Lord along with continued teaching and the sharing of God’s word in every teachable moment.

     In 1955 Mother Robinson heard the Word of God preached by the late Bishop H.D. Jones of the Greater Refuge Church of Christ (COOLJC) and within the year her heart was convicted, she repented of her sins, was baptized Jesus’ name and God filled her with the gift of the Holy Spirit. From that time on Mother served faithfully in every capacity she found herself needed. As a member of the Busy Bee Auxiliary in caring for the pastor including planning and sponsoring anniversary services, a member of the Radio Broadcast Choir and Voices of Refuge. She served as a social worker member going out to visit those shut in their homes or hospitals. Mother Robinson was a founding member of the church Fund Raising Committee and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars through annual efforts for needed church repairs and renovations as well as helping to cook Sunday church dinners. Prior to leaving Philadelphia to care for her ailing sister in South Carolina, Mother Robinson was appointed an official National Senior Missionary.

     Mother Grace Robinson moved back to South Carolina in 1989 and worked with, then Pastor, the late Elder James Blair, at the Apostolic Faith Tabernacle and continued to serve God and the church faithfully in every capacity spiritually, physically, and financially when Elder James Saulters became Pastor in 2003 until she was called home by our Lord Jesus Christ.

      She worked many years in hospitals in Philadelphia. Initially she worked at Lankenau Hospital and retired from the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Rente loved traveling with the church and attended just about all of the conventions including Women’s Counsel and General Convocations while faithfully keeping her Wednesday fast day. If a train, bus, car, or plane left for a church gathering she had her bags packed. She became a genuine Winter Texan by coming each year around the Christmas Holiday to enjoy our warmer South Texas weather and she came replete with a traditional homemade fruitcake from Darlington.

     Mother leaves to cherish her memory four generations: a daughter, Gloria Jones (Robert) of Corpus Christi, TX; a son, Willie Robinson (Betty) of Baltimore, MD; three grandchildren:  Sheila Hurt (Tony) of Hampton, VA, Jennifer Green of San Antonio, TX and Jai Collier (Jamal) of Pearland, TX: eight great grands: Darius-Shenise-Destiny Hurt, J’Elliott-Jayce-Journey Collier, Lonnie-Jazmine Green, one great-great Aiden Hurt. She also leaves to mourn a host of relatives, friends and especially her beloved church family members.

Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. 

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