Nursing home’s oldest resident celebrates birthday

Bolingreen Health and Rehabilitation nursing home’s oldest resident celebrated her 102nd birthday Sunday.

Anne Eubank Tumlin was born July 19, 1907, and celebrated her big day at the Macon nursing home by blowing out candles on top of her bundt cake surrounded by family and friends.

“I’ve never been to anybody’s birthday who was 102,” said Grace Hinson, 89, who sat in her wheelchair eating a piece of cake. “I never think of her being 102. She’s so coherent and interesting.”

Until the age of 100, Tumlin lived alone in a house on Kingsley Drive in Macon, but had to move to the nursing home two years ago when she fell on her hip and needed more care.

The “sharp as a tack” Tumlin, spent most of her years in Pompano Beach, Fla., operating a Greyhound Bus Station and taxi service with her husband until he died about 35 years ago when she returned to Middle Georgia.

Throughout the decades she said her favorite president so far has turned out to be Barack Obama.

“I’m happy he’s in there,” she said of seeing the first black president make the high office. “I’m happy with it.”

Tumlin, who loves to play the organ, watch birds and has a hankering for vanilla milkshakes from Steak ‘n Shake, said there’s no secret to turning 102.

“I’ve seen the usual. ... I live day to day and fight day to day,” she said. “I don’t feel any different than I did at 100.”

“I’m looking forward to the rest of my life, because it’s not too bad.”

The center has 113 residents, one who is 100 and another 99 years of age.

A 105-year-old resident was the oldest, but he passed away about six months ago, said Kay Barbee, assistant director of nursing.

To contact writer Julie Hubbard, call 744-4331.