By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Lonnie Mae Robinson has been in Madison for 55 years. In those 55 years she has gained not only a love for this community, but also a love for people. Prior to living in Madison, Lonnie lived in Jefferson County.
Lonnie moved to Madison after she got married in 1955. Her whole family is here and the people she loves are here. Her mother came to Madison following the death of her father. This is also the place that Lonnie chose to raise her six children. However, things have changed greatly from the time she was little.
She recalls going to the Dime Store and to Pick-n-Save. She recalls buying clothes and other items from the Pick-n-Save. Another memory Lonnie has is of buying potato chips, popcorn and Baby Ruth’s from the store to snack on.
When they had free time, Lonnie and her friends would play hopscotch, marbles or horseshoes at the schoolyard. She also remembers that they used to love going to see movies. She recalls working for the café in Cherry Lake as a cook, “I liked that job. I loved being around the people.”
After working at the Café, Lonnie went to work for the Hospital. She worked there as a housekeeper for 19 and a half years before retiring in 1989. Then in 1990 she took a job as a cook at the Senior Center and has been there ever since.
“I love to cook,” she told this reporter. “I like cooking collard greens, peas, sweet potatoes, all of it. I used to make all of the biscuits here from scratch.” Another thing that Lonnie enjoys is attending church. She currently attends Mt. Mariah Baptist Church in Pinetta under Reverend Henry Leonard. That’s where she has gone since she came to Madison all those years ago.
Lonnie will celebrate her 81st birthday on November 10.
Anyone interested in being interviewed for this article can call 973-4141 and make an appointment with Kristin Finney, or may drop by Greene Publishing, Inc. any day before noon. Those interviewed must have lived in Madison for a large portion of their life, and be able to recall a few things that have changed since that time.