BY KEN LITTLE
Dorothy Gregg has seen a lot of changes during her long career with Belk.
Gregg, who lives near Mosheim, retired Saturday after 50 years of full-time employment with the retailer.
Her service was recognized at a retirement luncheon held at the Greeneville Commons store.
Those in attendance included former and current co-workers.
"She's just an amazing person, and she's been a great friend and great fellow associate," said Jennifer Skillman, a colleague the last 23 years.
Gregg first worked at the department store in 1960, and began her full-time service with the company in 1962.
Her career with Belk started when the former Parks-Belk was located on the south side of West Depot Street.
Her career continued when the store moved to the Towne Square plaza, in the building that now houses Roberts Furniture.
Parks-Belk relocated to Greeneville Commons in 1995, was sold to what was then the Alcoa-based Proffitt's department store chain, and was later re-acquired by Belk.
Gregg has worked in sales, human resources and as an office manager. Technology was far different when she began her career.
"Everything was manual then. We used calculators. We didn't have computers," she said. "It's a lot different now. I just go with the flow."
Gregg was asked what she will miss the most in retirement.
"The people and the associates I've gotten to know over the years, of course," she said.
One of those is Teddy Burrell.
"There's nothing that you can't go to her for that she wouldn't get you an answer or get it for you," Burrell said. "She's a very dedicated employee."
Gregg displayed many skills at Belk.
"She could do anything, from working on the sales floor, to ordering supplies, to doing the payroll. She was always there to help if there was a problem," Burrell said.
"We're really going to miss her."
Gregg has plans for retirement.
"I just have a lot of things I'll do at home, and I'll visit with family more," she said.
In some ways, 1962 doesn't seem that long ago to Gregg.
"It's gone rather fast, it seems like," she said Saturday.