Working Seniors

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email

"People say which watch do I ought to get, I say one that keeps time," said Mr. Riley.

Riley has been at Cliff's Gun Shop as their watchmaker for more than 40 years.

"I can't even see the pieces he's working on I just see his steady hand and he's up close to it and he is like a doctor his hands are just so steady at 87 years old," said Lisa Tomlinson of Cliff's Gun Shop.

Riley got his start when he got out of the military.

"I went to GI school for watch making, I figured anything would be easier then plowing that mule or picking that cotton I picked cotton one day for 45 cents a hundred pounds," said Riley.

Today, money is something he worries about.

"People who have had their batteries changed in Dothan have paid three times that much I could if I wanted to, most of what I do I could charge three times as much if I wanted to, ain't no body around here can do this," said Riley.

"But he's just real dedicated to his work he takes good care of his customers he doesn't even charge for the little things it's just someone needing a quick fix he is obviously not in it for the money like he said he can't take it with him when he goes so if someone can use it then," said Tomlinson.

Co-workers describe Riley as silly, talkative and determined.

Riley says he plans on working until he can't anymore.

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