OHIO VALLEY — Two local residents were honored for their service to Fruth Pharmacy Thursday at the 23rd annual service awards luncheon.
Ray Pickens, 80, of Point Pleasant, was named associate of the year, and Tom Hawley of Gallipolis received an award for manager of the year.
Pickens came to Fruth Pharmacy after retiring as a delivery driver for Valley Bell, and has been employed with Fruth Pharmacy for 18 years. Pickens was nominated for this award by both peers and customers.
Pickens’ son, who lives in California, was unable to attend the lunch, but wrote a letter to be read during the ceremony by Lynne Fruth, Fruth president and board chairman. In the letter, Pickens’ son wrote about the example set by his father: “For your entire life you have worked so very hard and have always been the person I strive to be. You have shown me what it means not only to be a wonderful father, but to treat others you meet each and every day with kindness, compassion, and understanding and always with a smile or laugh.”
Fruth said she was happy to see Pickens receive the award, and is glad that Pickens continues to work for the pharmacy. .
Tom Hawley of Gallipolis was named Manager of the Year.
Lynne Fruth, president and chairman of the board for Fruth Pharmacy, spoke on this year’s theme, ‘Unified by Your Unique Gifts,’ saying, “just as many parts are needed in the body to perform the many different functions, there are many different roles and people that are needed in a successful business. We celebrate the loyalty of employees who have reached a landmark year in their career.
“It is true how much our business relies on the different gifts and talents of each member of our staff. Our business continues to be successful thanks to the efforts and hard work of many people,” said Fruth.
Other award recipients at both Fruth Pharmacy and Corporate offices in Point Pleasant include: Sandy Atkins, 5 years of service; Emily Jeffrey, 5 years of service; Mandy Patterson, 5 years of service; Zack Stone, 5 years of service; Carol Scarberry, 10 years of service; Deanna Weaver, 15 years of service; Donna Haning, 15 years of service; Amy Nelson, 15 years of service; Rumsey Oates, 25 years of service; David Jenkins, 30 years of service.
Honored for 20 years or more of service from Point Pleasant: Herb Burfield; Ruth Burrows; Ruth Flowers; Drema Roberts; Susie Cassell; Joan Fruth; Mike Fruth; Dawn Grinstead; Mary Harris; Sandy Robinson; Barb Taylor; Lonnie Dunn; Bruce Scarberry.
Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned business based in Point Pleasant, W.Va.; the business employs around 700 people at 27 locations in both Ohio and West Virginia. For more information, visit the website at: www.fruthpharmacy.com.