I started to work at the Rock Hill Telephone Company in 1972. Mrs. Ibera Varner had suggested I submit my application for employment. It was a wonderful decision. I started as an Operator and then made Service Assistant before Mr. Bill Gaillard came in one day and asked if I would like to move to Residential Services. I agreed because the hours would be 8:00 to 5:00.
It was a blessing to work in Residential Services, I met so many wonderful Rock Hill people. I had an 18 year-old young man from Pakistan come in and I would help him. His parents had died and he started calling me Mama and still does to this day. I also met a wonderful lady from England and we formed a lasting relationship, she even sent me an antique teapot that was in her family for years.
The one day that stands out in my mind while working was when my husband Ralph was diagnosed with colon cancer and Mr. Frank Barnes came to me and asked what they could do for my family. He said that they would be praying for me and my family through this time.
The people I worked with were wonderful and felt like my family. I retired in 1997, went back in October 1998 and worked until May 1999, and yet again from 2001 from January until August. Until COVID I worked at the Comporium Museum and miss that dearly.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my story.
1972 - 1997