Webb honored for 50 years of service

By RUDY COGGINS
Of The Record Staff
Posted 8/26/22

Dressed normal and ready to start his day at Green Leaf Care Center in Lillington, Bobby Webb experienced something different Tuesday morning.

“You’re going to the work shop …

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Dressed normal and ready to start his day at Green Leaf Care Center in Lillington, Bobby Webb experienced something different Tuesday morning.

“You’re going to the work shop today,” nephew Rodney Hall said.

“Who did you talk to?” Webb asked.

“I talked to Valerie [Gilchrist],” Hall replied.

Hall helped shave his uncle and comb his hair.

Webb asked for some money to buy snacks.

“You don’t need any money today,” Hall said.

A couple of minutes later, the HARTS van arrived at the center.

An excited Webb mentioned that he forgot to take his medicine.

“Somebody go make sure that she doesn’t leave me on the van,” he said.

Hall spoke to the driver.

“No worry. We’re going to wait for him,” she said.

Webb boarded the van in anticipation for the short trip to JCI in Erwin.

“It was a surprise for him because we didn’t let him know that he was going back today,” Hall said.

A bigger surprise awaited the 75-year-old Webb, who experienced a month-long absence from the facility due to health reasons.

His family, friends and personnel from the center threw him a pizza party honoring him for 50 years of service to JCI. Several friends said they were “glad to see him” and wanted to know “did you miss us?”

In between bites of pizza, Webb talked to everyone who visited his table.

Gilchrist, vice president of JCI, presented Webb with a plaque and gift card for his dedication. She said it was awesome to have Webb back at the center and was happy that he could socialize among his friends.

“He’s such a loving and friendly person,” Gilchrist said. “He doesn’t meet a stranger. He knows everybody that he talks to and always stays on top of the news so he knows what’s going on. He’s very aware of his community.

“That’s impressive.”

Webb’s family also gave him a plaque for the same honor.

When he arrived at the facility on June 17, 1972, Webb participated in the community integration services which helped him reach his potential in a work-related environment.

Since then, he’s developed independent skills, participated in arts/crafts and leisure activities and completed nutrition and wellness awareness training.

Gilchrist and the family, especially Hall, hope that Webb can return to the facility on a part-time basis since his health has improved. His doctor will make the final decision.

Webb has made up his mind.

“Don’t worry,” he said to Gilchrist. “I’m coming back.”

Rudy Coggins can be reached at rcoggins@mydailyrecord.com.

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