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Grocery Store Employee Going Strong At 84-Years-Young

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-18 18:45:46-04

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. - Far away from the big, corporate chains and the long lines there's a gentleman who, for the last 20-something years, has never missed a day of work, never complained about his job, to his customers he's one of a kind.

He's simply known as Mr. James and with a smile on his face and song in his heart bagging groceries is what he does.

"Well, just keeps you busy. Makes a little money too. You need money now a days," James laughed.

No one knows for sure when he began working at the Foodland grocery store in White House but over the years his customers keep coming back.

"Lady came in last week, hadn't seen her in about 15 years. She said hi James! I didn't know who she was," he said.

He may not remember everyone's name but the 84-year-old treats everyone with respect and kindness.

"He's got a peace in his heart and that's what radiates from him," coworker Debby said. "He's just an inspiration."

Among the daily news talk with his colleagues he takes a moment to reflect on the younger generation.

"You understand what I'm saying, when I see these young boys out there doing wrong I look at the parents," James said.

Times may be different but here, it's been the same job and the same people for years, just the way Mr. James likes it.

"Can't stay still," laughed James.