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I am your Colletonian

Editors note:

This is a weekly series in which we will bring you the stories behind the faces that you see every day in our community. Everyone has a story, so look to meet your fellow Colletonians in each week’s issue!

Cindy Cummings. Photo by Christie Slocum

Cindy Cummings. Photo by Christie Slocum

Cindy Cummings is always happy to go to work. Always. She never grumbles and always has a smile on her face. On most days you can find her serving as the “people greeter” at the general merchandise door of Walmart on Bells Highway. It was her smile and pleasant disposition that landed her a spot at the front door of the giant retailer in the first place.

Cummings was born in Colleton County. Her parents were Jack and Helen Cummings. She has two sisters Beth Beasley and Janice Barrett. The girls also had a brother Jackie who passed away at the age of 6 after a tonsil operation.

Cummings recalls the passing of her brother as a terribly sad part of her childhood. She attended and graduated from Bells High School, which is now Bells Elementary School. After graduation Cummings entered the workforce. Her first job was in Smoaks. She worked at the Smoaks dress factory making bows for little girls dresses, a job she kept for five years. She also married for a short time and was blessed with a daughter, Melissa Craven.

Cummings spent the next several years caring for her daughter with the support of her parents. “Melissa is the bright spot of my life,” boasts Cummings. Craven is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston and has opened a family therapy practice in North Charleston.

When the Walmart was being built Cummings would ride out with her sister and brother in law to check the progress of the building. They watched it go up piece by piece. Cummings reported that when Walmart first opened she would visit the store everyday.

On one of those visits someone asked her if she would be interested in becoming the people greeter and the rest is history. “I love greeting people and I love seeing people,” said Cummings. Her shift runs from 3 pm to 10:15 pm everyday. “Walmart is a great company to work for. They offer great benefits and they care about us. We are like a family here,” said Cummings. Frequent shopper Isaac Frasier said, “I really look forward to seeing Cindy. She is a very nice young lady and I feel blessed to know her.” Frasier, like many other customers, stops to share a joke or a kind word with Cummings. She is not only responsible for greeting customers but she also must make sure the front of the store stays clean. She passes out umbrella bags when it is raining. She checks customer receipts when they have items that are not in a bag. “Some people get angry when I ask for their receipt, but I just smile and politely tell them I am just doing my job,” said Cummings. She has been greeting shoppers for a little over eight years and has no plans on leaving her post anytime soon. Next time you are in Walmart make sure to take a second and share a smile with Cindy, you never know she might just smile back.

 

Christie Slocum (588 Posts)