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JUL-SEP 2017

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While much has changed throughout Jackson's 60 years at Southern Carpet, much has stayed the same. He's still as committed as ever to doing the best job he can. In fact, Jackson occasionally still goes to jobsites to help whenever possible. "He does still go out sometimes to supervise a big project or when he's called upon to fix something that no one else can," Hightower said. "Years ago I started calling him Mr. Southern Carpet because he's so important to us. He's more than just an employee. He's a good friend." Jackson's friends and co-workers at Southern Carpet recently hosted a party to celebrate his 60 years of service to the company—after having already hosted another party when he reached 50 years. "After the party we had for him at 50 years with the company, we never really thought about having another one," Hightower said. "I know you typically have parties like this when someone is getting ready to retire, but we don't want him to do that. He's an integral part to our family here." Monika Hurt, the company's bookkeeper, further emphasizes what Jackson means to the company. "He's an inspiration for all of us other employees because of the amount of time he's been here and his whole positive outlook," she said. "He doesn't let anything phase him or get him rattled. He just proceeds on day to day, always positive and upbeat. He's a pleasure to work with. In fact, seeing Johnny can sometimes make your day. He's that type of person." In addition to celebrating 60 years with Southern Carpet, he's also celebrating 60 years with his wife, Eula. He's also busy spending time with his son, Johnny, 45 JUL-SEP 2017 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS 4 time Excellence in Construction Award Winner daughter, Kesha, and grandchildren, as well as serving as a trustee at his church, Sardis Baptist Church. While he has a lot to keep him busy outside of work, he has no plans to slow down or retire any time soon. While chance originally brought Jackson to Southern Carpet six decades ago, his love of his job and his co-workers is what's keeping him there now. "I'm going to work as long as I feel good," Jackson said. "I can't just sit around the house; that doesn't work for me. And it's like a big family here at Southern Carpet. I plan on hanging around."

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