Grace is our Employee of The Month for September! Grace keeps careful watch over the lobby area and who is coming in and who is going out of our building. She is kind, pleasant and always willing to assist. She has even come in on her day off to help.
Grace is from Greenville and is the oldest of three girls. She now has lots of nieces and nephews. Her first job was babysitting and then working at Morrison’s Cafeteria at McAllister Square. Church is important to her. She is a member of Calvary Apostolic Church where she helps wherever and whenever asked.
When asked what she likes about her job, she replied that she loves the staff but that she loves the residents even more. She appreciates the kindness of management and all the staff. However, it is the residents who have endeared themselves to her. She enjoys listening to them because she feels like they have a lot of wisdom.
Grace, the staff and residents of Oakview Park love you and appreciate your kindness to us. Congratulations, Ms. Grace for being our Employee of the Month!
John is our Employee of the Month. While all the staff and administration work hard to take care of residents, no one works harder than John. When asked to do something by a fellow staffer or a resident, he quickly and cheerfully responds to get the job done.
John was born in Tennessee and was raised in Taylors, South Carolina. He is one of three boys and was called John Boy growing up. John was a certified arborist for years before he went into the HVAC business. Right before he came to Oakview Park last December, he was in the construction and remodeling business.
John is an ordained minister and stepfather to three children. He performed the ceremony at one of his stepdaughter’s wedding and her Dad walked her down the aisle. John preaches barefoot; he hates to wear shoes. John now has three granddaughters, who fondly call him J-Pop.
One thing John likes to say is, “It’s all about love.” We love you and thank you for all you do! We appreciate your giving and loving spirit and that is why you, John, are our Employee of the Month.
For August our resident of the month is Thornton. Some may say this recognition is long overdue, because Thornton is so helpful pushing those in wheelchairs back to their room after meals. He also walks Mrs. Paulus’s dog, Lily, two or three times a day.
Pushing wheelchairs is nothing new to Mr. Gross. He volunteered at Shriners Children’s Hospital for many years where he pushed many children in wheelchairs. Helping at Shriner’s Hospital was quite rewarding. He remembers one little girl who came to sign in at the front desk without any legs, and after a few months, she walked out of there. He saw many miracles like that in the years he served at the Children’s Hospital.
Mr. Gross also served in the Civil Air Patrol as a pilot. On one search and rescue mission, he discovered a plane in a tree with a man hanging upside down. Unfortunately, they were unable to save the man.
Mr. Gross’s life story begins in Battleground, Indiana where he grew up. He was the oldest of three children. As a child, he grew up hunting and fishing along the creek that went right through his back yard. While he was still in high school, he joined the National Guard where he served as a medic for eight years. One day, while he was driving a doctor, he was told he was going to Vietnam. However, shortly after that, the trip to Vietnam was canceled.
In the summer of 1950, he was introduced to Cecilia by a mutual friend. In November they were married. In those days in Indiana, a man had to receive a parent’s permission if he wanted to marry before age twenty-one. So, Thornton’s dad signed for him. Two years later their daughter Pam was born. Six years later Pat was born, and finally fourteen years later Randy was born.
During those early years, Thornton worked in electrical plating-gold, silver and copper. He worked for Duncan Electric in Lafayette, Indiana, then The Cora Co. in Wisconsin. His last job was working for Tiffany’s in the shipping and receiving department in Palm Springs, Florida. Cecilia also worked all those years in accounting wherever they lived. In 1999, the Gross’s decided to check out SC. Florida was just a little too hot for them. They have been living in the upstate ever since.
Mr. Thornton Gross, we thank you for your service in the United States National Guard, your years on the Civil Air Patrol, the love and care you showed to the children at Shriner’s Hospital, and the help you provide to us at Oakview Park Senior Living. We know you have been a good Dad and a loving and dedicated husband. Kudos to you!!
Carrie is our associate of the month. When the directors were asked to describe Carrie words like caring, hard working, dependable, and intelligent were used. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Carrie is one of the hardest working and genuinely kind people you will ever meet. We are truly grateful and privilege to have her as a part of our Oakview Park family.