Two in Masland family retire

Published 8:29 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2007

By By Matthew Nascone
Many friends and family members of Lillie Johnson and Freddie Grissett gathered at the old middle school on MLK Avenue for a night of good times and fond memories March 3.
Both Johnson and Grissett are retiring from Masland Carpets. Johnson worked at Masland for 34 years and her brother-in-law, Grissett, worked in the carpet factory for 32 years.
The night was a retirement celebration for Johnson and Grissett. Before the food was eaten and the socializing began, the people in attendance remembered the good times they had with Johnson or Grissett in an expressions segment.
Masland's human resource director, Sara Skelton, presented each retiree with a plaque and a hug for their dedication and service.
Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church pastor, the Rev. Willie J. Hawthorne presented the invocation. He also had a few words to say about Johnson and Grissett.
"I am their proud pastor," Hawthorne said. "And it has been a joy knowing these two. And whenever anyone ever needed anything, they were right there to help out."
Hawthorne also joined Robert White in song at the celebration.
Atmore mayor Howard Shell presented Johnson with a proclamation. Shell also spoke about his relationship with Johnson through the years and her dedication to making the community a better place to live.
"When (the old middle school) building was hit hard by the hurricanes a couple years ago, Lillie came to me and wanted to renovate it," Shell said. "And it would not look like it does today without her hard work and dedication. She is also a good friend of mine and she has been there for me many times. She was there for me when my mother died and at many other times. She is proof that friends are there for you in the good times and the bad times."

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