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By Charlotte Smith

The folks at Kinlaw Furniture are having a great celebration today, Wednesday, August 1st. The reason for the festivities is on this day 50 years ago, Ms. Virginia Allen started working at the local furniture store.

Kinlaw Furniture is a family owned business in Elizabethtown. Calvin Sasser purchased the business back in 1968, according to his son Mike Sasser. However, Ms. Allen had been working at the store before Calvin Sasser purchased it, according to Mike.

Jean Sasser Clark, Mike’s sister, said, “It would be hard to sum up what she means to the company,” when talking about Ms. Allen.

Secretary does not title Ms. Allen completely. She has done a little bit of everything in her 50 years of service to the store.

“There is nothing she hasn’t done,” Mike said.

Ms. Allen does the work of a secretary, but she has also made deliveries, handled the accounting and even helped raise the Sasser family according to Mike.

“She is like family,” Wesley Sasser, Mike’s son said.

She has seen the store go through new owners, and expansions and much more. “You don’t have to worry about her showing up,” Mike said, “She even works on the weekends when necessary.”

Ms. Allen’s service to the Kinlaw Furniture company will be celebrated in different ways today. Ms. Allen made such an impact with her service, Dottie Burgess of South Carolina, (the granddaughter of the store’s former owner, Aaron Smith) is sending her a large bouquet to commemorate the day.

The Sasser family will be holding a lunch today to thank Ms. Allen for her many years of dedicated service. The lunch will be held at the store from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The public is invited to stop by and join in on the celebration.