At age 83, Charlene admits she’s worked longer than many. But Walmart kept her busy and fellow associates feel like family.
“She has taught me so much—about jewelry and about life!” says Tammy Willis.
On Oct. 4, her 50th anniversary, Charlene plans to retire. “That will be my last day,” she says. “My sisters have been at me to retire for about five years. I made up my mind I would, but I wanted to make it to 50.”
“She is an inspiration. She exemplifies what Walmart associates strive to be like. She’s retiring at the top of her game,” says Store Manager Jason Melton.
Charlene says she’s looking forward to doing some trips with her sisters—they already have a trip planned to Branson, Missouri—and spending more time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In the words of Ada associate Tina Davis, “Charlene, you have our hearts, and we will miss you!”
Listen for some of Charlene's favorite songs on Walmart and Sam's Club Radio on Monday, Oct. 4. And be sure to check out Charlene's playlist!