(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL Solar-10 Vice President Tim Abramson, at right, congratulates Buford Messer for his more than 29 years service to the company and wishes him well during retirement.
Friday, August 02, 2013Author: David Popiel
(Last modified: 2013-08-02 18:05:53)
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Teachers and students returned to school with the county fair still more than a week away for our hometown folks, still relying on umbrellas and not much suntan oil. Will there be a late August heat wave or early frost?
Before returning to the evening shades of the last picture shows on the silver screen, I am going to take you to meet Buford and Toye Messer, but many already know them well. I will finish our chat first about how fortunate Tennie Yates was to get back her lost pocketbook. You may hear more about her as she shares her fruit pie recipe here.
Happy ending for Tennie Yates
This was about 1 p.m. on that Sunday, July 21. Tennie spent an anxious night, no doubt worried about the loss of her black pocketbook, yet she said in her mind that she felt God was looking after her and all would be well.
She reported the incident where she had driven on Midway Road, hit bumps, went off the road fresh-baked peach pies tumbling to the floorboard and her purse disappearing. Deputy Chris Gregg, of the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department took the report on that Sunday. On Monday, she went to town and stopped at the county courthouse. Tennie praised Cocke County Clerk Janice Butler to whom she went to get a replacement driver’s license. “She knew I didn’t have any money and offered to pay for the license herself.” Other friends such as Dolly Moore and her sister, Georgia, off John’s Road, were also concerned Tennie didn’t have any money and offered her some. During all this search and talk, Roger Seay must have told Tennie’s brother, Paul Willis, of Seay Hollow Road, about the lost handbag. Being a good brother, Paul went out and searched on Monday finding the location where the truck went off the road. Paul widened the search area and soon found the wet handbag on the embankment along with a wallet. The wallet belonged to Tennie’s late husband, Robbie Eugene Yates. The $43 in cash was still in the wallet. Tennie’s drivers license, papers and keys, plus a camera were all recovered. “The Lord blessed all the way through.” She was elated that so many people were concerned and reached out to help her find the lost handbag. Many people even prayed about it so their prayers were answered.
Buford finally retires
Buford Messer is just one of those fellows whom you can easily like, and I suspect fellow employees at Solar 10 have enjoyed sharing many working hours and shifts with him. But in late July he decided after almost 30 years there to retire. His boss, Tim Abramson, more like a close friend, hated to see him leave. When you reach 76, maybe it is time to go, yet Buford looks younger than his years and could easily squeeze out work weeks until he is 80. I’ve met him a few times over the decades and like him too.
Tim, who is a fellow Kiwanian, praised Buford’s skills no matter what the job he undertook, whether powder painting pressure vessels, or packing goods to ship overseas. Solar 10’s key product is a variety of pressure vessels for the air conditioning and refrigeration commercial market. However, it took its name from the era of manufacturing solar energy panels and components. Now, shipping to foreign markets is no easy task. Tim explains it requires careful labeling and boxing to pass export muster. Likewise, the powder painting to create a fused epoxy surface is a high-craft task that Buford made look easy. And he is not just a great worker but “an excellent employee and good church man,” said Tim.This is what Tim, vice president of the Solar 10 Division, had to say in a letter posted so all employees could read and know: “Buford was hired at Solar-10 Division (of Refrigeration Research, Brighton, Michigan) on February 24, 1984. This Friday (July 26) will be Buford’s last day on the job. Never late, never complaining, never missing work unless an emergency. Buford has been an exemplary employee. Possessing great physical strength and stamina, Buford is also a very good manager. This was evidenced in the way he managed our paint department.
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