PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - A Purvis Dental Assistant with decades of experience got a special surprise today.
Eddie Lou "Tina" Claburn began assisting the late Dr. Bob Parker in April 1971, and now she is working for his son.
Co-workers, friends and even patients joined the 76-year-old Wednesday to celebrate her service in the community.
Claburn, who was a beautician, was the only employee hired to work with the patients in 1971 and has continued to work chair-side for 47 years.
"I just wanted to always be a nurse and that's the way I got close to it," said Claburn.
Claburn said she works about three-and-a-half days a week, about four-to-six hours each day.
The Mississippi Dental Association presented Claburn with a certificate of recognition for her work over the last 47 years.
"I didn't want to go to Hattiesburg and work, I didn't want to drive back and forth," said Claburn. "I just loved it and I just stayed there, they were good to me."
Claburn said there is no conversation about retirement any time in the near future.