from soda fountain
A 41-year career at the soda fountain at Tyson Drug Co. ended last week.
Robert White, known all over for his lemonade, ice tea, ice cream cones, and fixing watch bands, is no longer behind the counter. He will be missed by those who depended on him to replace a battery in a watch, put on a new band, serve a treat, and have popcorn ready.
Lois Cox, who worked with White, expressed her unhappiness at his retirement but also her heartfelt respect.
“You could not have wanted a better person to work with,” she said. “He was good to the people and like my neighbor next door.”
The two worked together at Tyson’s for 20 years, she said.
She stood at the counter at 3 p.m. the last day White was at work.
White was also charged with reordering stock, such as the candy, spices and vitamins.
He expects his job of fixing watches will be missed as much as anything else.
“That’s one thing they are going to miss,” White said. “I know they are going to miss that part.”
Mark Granberry will be taking over behind the counter for White.
Bob Lomenick, owner of Tyson’s, said White is a private man. He worked quietly and “eased out.”
He left without fanfare or parties.
“We’re going to miss him,” Lomenick said.
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