Loretta Walker, still a Class Act after 42 years
February 14, 2017
What can you say about someone as special as Loretta Walker who has spent the last 42 years at Tyler Pipe? She is one that you can truly say they broke the mold when they made her. On Friday, January 27, Loretta decided it would be her last day to pull an order or load a truck at the Tyler Pipe shipping yard; it would be her retirement date.
When I say she is one that the mold was broken, it is not an understatement. You see working on your last day is usually not a requirement here at Tyler Pipe because you’re allowed to have that day to say goodbye to friends, wrap up last minute items and just hang out. However not so with Loretta, she was out on the yard pulling an order up until the very minute of her party. In fact, she was late to her own party because she was out on the forklift loading the truck. She said she wanted to make sure the order was right. When she finally showed up, she said, “You can’t send out an order to a customer just any kind of way, it has to be done right and done with care because it represents Tyler Pipe.”
Loretta is one of those unique team members who literally takes pride in her job and takes pride in Tyler Pipe. So on her last day her husband sent her a dozen red roses and she was surrounded by her family and friends at Tyler Pipe, but she referred to everyone in the room as her family. After spending 42 years of her life there, she said we are all family. If you know Loretta at all, then you know she is not short on words and is always prepared for conversation and she loves to talk.
Everyone enjoyed a traditional BBQ luncheon catered by Rudy’s which is Loretta’s favorite restaurant. It will mark the first time a BBQ luncheon was served with cream corn as one of the sides, which was another one of her favorites.
Loretta you will be missed. Enjoy your retirement.
(Article written by Tyler Pipe HR Manager Faye Pettigrew)