Retiring after 25 years with Black’s Tire
April 13th, 2011
by: Willie Whitewall
SHALLOTTE—Fifteen years ago a man drove from Tabor City to Shallotte to help a company store for the day.
Fifteen years later, Arnold Ward celebrated his last day of work at Shallotte Black’s Tire and Auto Service. Ward, the store manager for 14 years, retired after 25 years with the company. At the time he came to Shallotte, he was employed at the company’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., store.
“The first day was really hectic,” Ward said. “I just came down here to work on the front-end machine and I started working on cars. I worked at the Myrtle Beach store on Third Avenue at the time. I never went back. I have been here 15 years. I had no idea I was going to stay.”
Ward says all of his memories of working at Black’s Tire and Auto Service are good ones, and there are just too many to pick a favorite.
“All of it has been good. It is a good com ...