Margaret Anderton celebrates 90th birthday at Edd Rogers Chevrolet
Posted By Kim Swindell Wood | November 25, 2019 10:51 am
By Rachel Auberger
Most people look forward to their retirement years and not getting up to go to work every morning, but, at 90 years old, Margaret Anderton is not quite ready for that lifestyle.
Anderton, who is a lifetime resident of Sparta, was part of White County High School’s graduating class of 1947. She and her late husband, Drake Anderton, owned and managed a dry-cleaning business, in Sparta, for 19 years. After her husband’s health forced them to retire, Anderton decided to go back to school and finish her degree. A year and a half later, she graduated with honors from Tennessee Technological University with a degree in accounting and went to work for Edd and Billie Rogers the very next week.
Anderton is currently the business accounting manager at Edd Rogers Chevrolet Buick, on Bockman Way, in Sparta. According to Eddie Rogers, president and general manager of the dealership, Anderton is one of the sharpest minds in the business – a testament to the fact that experience and attained skills are valuable assets, regardless of age.
“At Edd Rogers, we are so blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy Margaret as a dedicated and instrumental member of our family,” Rogers said. “She is still today as instrumental to the Edd Rogers family as she has ever been.”
Anderton, who began working with Edd Rogers Chevrolet Buick as an accountant and comptroller in the bicentennial year of 1976, has been a committed and dedicated member of the Edd Rogers family throughout the past 43 years. According to Rogers, the level of dedication and commitment that Anderton displays is rarely found in both business and relationships.
“I’m just thankful to be able to continue to work,” Anderton said about going to work six days a week. “I see other people who have not been so fortunate in regard to their health and such.”
Anderton’s cousin, Kenn Phifer, is proud of his cousin and appreciative of the Edd Rogers family’s commitment to their employee.
“The Rogers family is to be commended for supporting a recognized valuable employee who has passed the normal retirement age,” Phifer said.
Anderton said she feels the secret to her longevity in the work force can be attributed to her love for learning new things.
“It has been an interesting journey,” she said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed all the fascinating changes that have taken place in the industry over the years I have been here. It’s a journey of learning, and I love it.”
She also claims that she is blessed to have been able to work and connect with her employer and the whole Edd Rogers Chevrolet Buick family.
“I really love and appreciate being in such a family atmosphere every day,” she said.
On Nov. 18, the Edd Rogers family paused a moment to show Anderton how much they appreciate her commitment and hosted a surprise party to celebrate her 90th birthday. Employees and customers gathered around Margaret as they showered her with appreciation for her service.
“The Edd Rogers family is thrilled to celebrate Margaret Anderton’s 90th birthday with her,” Rogers said about the celebration.
“I can’t really answer that question now, can I?” Anderton laughed when asked how many more years she planned on working and then added, “An active life is a richer life, so I plan to just keep staying active.”