It is a very special person who not only feels oblidged to rear her own children of two marriages, adopt five children as well as become a caretaker for a host of other children.
Minta Driver Mullins will celebrate he 94th birthday soon (April 28), but for Black History Month, this most astute black women, has a story of love, courage, and dedication, to tell.
Mrs. Mullins, an educator by profession, was born and reared in Elkton, TN. She was the third sibling of eight (four boys and four girls), born to Harrison anad Effie Driver.
Minta received her early education at Holt Elementary School, Pulaski and Bridgforth High Schools. In 1938 she made her way to Tennessee A&I State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education, majoring in English. She was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.
Following graduation, she began her teaching career in the Giles County School System. She later became principal of Davidson Academy Elementary School in Prospect.
Moving to Nashville in the 50s, Mrs, Mullins, then Driver, joined the staff of Buva College Rescue Christian Training Home and School. That move led to the marriage of Minta to the late Dr. Moses F. Mullins. Mrs. Mullins had three children from a previous marriage to Louis Love. The Mullins reared ten children of their own, at the school, which included: the couple’s one child, four from her previous marriage, and five that they adopted. Mrs. Mullins not only cared for her, but for hundreds of children and families that came to the school. People who know Mullins says that she is “one of the most caring and xompassionate women you will ever know.” She has spent her life caring for others.
At sixty, Mrs. Mullins attended Nashville Medical College, graduating fourth in her class as a medical assistant. In this change of careers, she continued her “kindhearted concern” working with the elderly, until her retirement at age seventy.
Mrs. Mullins is a devoted member of Hillcrest Seventh Day Adventist Church, where she has given service over the years as a Deaconess and member of the Master Workers’ Club.
Sen. Thelma Harper, who honored Mrs. Mullins with a Tn State Proclamation, said that she is an inspiration to others. “Mrs. Mullins possesses an unspeakable faith in God and an unbending belief in country,” said Sen. Harper. Mrs. Mullins said she registered to vote when she was a teenager. “I have voted in every election since I was eighteen years old,” she said.
Mrs. Mullins, who continue to live in Nashville with one of her daughters now has seven children (3 are deceased), She has, combined, more than 75 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. All of her siblings have passed away, with the exception of her younger brother, who resides in a nursing home in Ardmore, TN. She shared the importance of caring for him. “Before my Mother passed, she told me to take care of her baby. Only the two of us are left. He is 83 years old,” said Mrs. Mullins.
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