Willie Green and Robbie Freeman

Willie Green and Robbie Freeman

On Wednesday, December 12, 1965 at 2:00 p.m., Willie Green stepped onto the docks at the Charleston City Marina and began his first day on the job.

“In the beginning they said, ‘You may not get a day off any time soon and you may have to bring a change of clothes,” Green said, “But I’m still here 50 years later.”

After years of working hard construction jobs, Willie said he prayed God would help him find a better job. A relative who was working a the City Marina told him to come down and meet the manager, who offered him the position working for the City at the Marina.

“I never thought something like this would come up for me,” Green said. “I never dreamed I’d be here 50 years.”

Over his half-century career, Green has taken on a number of tasks essential to keeping the marina up and running. But it hasn’t been all tough work, he said.

He’s been able to enjoy watching the yachts come in and spending time after work with the rest of the City Marina team.

“It’s like a second home,” Wille said. “I get along with everybody.”

Robbie Freeman, managing partner of the marina, echoed that sentiment.

“His dependability and always pleasant attitude inspires us all,” Robbie said. “A smile from Wille can make your day.”  

After 50 years, many would begin to think about retirement. Not Willie Green.

“Everything’s going good. I’m very happy down here,” Green said. “I’ve been here a long time – so long. I’ll be here until they run me off.”

We don’t think that will be happening any time soon.

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