Cornerstone of happy marriage is Christian faith
A Jones County commissioner who married in his teens will be celebrating 47 years of marriage later this year.
Tommy Robinson began his third term representing Jones County’s District 3 in January. When the county commissioners took their oaths of office Jan. 3, Robinson became the longest-serving member currently on the board.
The commissioner married his wife Debra in 1970. The young couple remained in Jones County, built a home, and raised their family. Their family, who all live in Jones County, consists of son Todd and his wife Tara; daughters, Brannen and Dawson; and son John and his wife Rhonda.
Tommy was born in Macon but moved to Jones County in 1958 at age 7. He lived with his family on Mountain Springs Road until he joined the Army National Guard and took his training at Ft. Polk.
Tommy said, when he and Debra married, they were both making minimum wage. He worked construction and plumbing until he got a job at the J.M. Huber kaolin mining and processing plant in 1980. Tommy retired from the plant in 2007.
He met Debra at a community softball game at Pitts Chapel Methodist Church while they both were in high school. She came to the game with her cousin.
“I had never seen her before. I can still remember what she was wearing and everything, and boy, could she hit a softball,” he said.