Say hello to Mildred Braxton

by | August 31, 2014 11:29 am

Last Updated: August 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

MILDRED BRAXTONManning resident Mildred Braxton has worked with Simpson Hardware in Manning “going on some 25 years,” she said.

But she has been in the hardware business even longer.

“I think it’s got to be at least 40 years,” she said Monday. “My dad worked at Griffin Hardware, and I followed him like a little puppy, I guess you could say.”

Braxton is a ubiquitous fixture at the store. Managers and other employees say customers will ask for her and leave if she’s not there.

“I’ve heard stories where customers will call and ask for me, and they’ll say I’m not there, and the person won’t ask their question,” Braxton said. “I’ve heard them say people will come in and say they need nails, but leave when they find out I’m not there.”

Braxton takes it all in stride.

“It’s nice to know that you mean that much to a customer, but most of the employees at Simpson have been there for many years and they all know their stuff,” she said.

Braxton said she most enjoys her customers.

“It’s nice talking to the people and seeing the same ones every week,” she said. “It’s kind of like family.”


comments » 3

  1. Comment by Deborah Singletary

    August 31, 2014 at 12:09

    Yes this is true. When I go there that’s who I ask for . my dad use to go there years ago (Gedine Smiling)he would always ask for her,now my brothers go there and they do the same. So when I go there they tell me to do the same. Even though everyone is friendly but Mrs Mildred takes the cake. You have First Lady(President Wife) First Lady(Preacher Wife) But Mrs.Mildred First Lady in Hardware.My Hat goes off to you.Thanks in a million.

  2. Comment by Marian Eadon

    August 31, 2014 at 20:52

    Mildred worked for my dad (Julius Eadon) and he loved her, too. She is a sweet person and extremely knowledgeable in her area. Manning is lucky to have her!

  3. Comment by Judy Geddings

    September 1, 2014 at 08:36

    My husband goes straight to find her when goes to the store. She knows her stuff

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