Employee Spotlight – Clifton Mims
Clifton began his career at Swift Supply on Groundhog Day 1979. Today his current title is Purchasing Agent, but he is pretty much a jack of all trades. Not only does he purchase lumber and building materials, but he handles the dreaded but necessary physical inventories at all six stores. Clifton is also responsible for making sure item numbers are available for the thousands of items our stores stock.
An Atmore native and locally known as “Junie,” Clifton graduated from Escambia County High School, Jefferson Davis Junior College and attended Auburn University at Montgomery. During the summers of his high school years, he worked at Graham Brooks which was a wholesale grocery store. This was where Clifton got in shape for football season. All grocery products were loaded and unloaded without the use of a forklift. While attending junior college, Clifton worked at the family’s motel in Flomaton. After college, he worked in real estate and insurance in Montgomery.
Clifton’s first job at Swift Supply was working in the Lumber Shed at the Atmore yard. Then he transferred to the Jay, FL store where he trained under the Manager, Mabry Dozier. From there, Clifton managed the Monroeville store for several years before coming to Atmore as Store Manager. As the stores continued to multiply, Clifton became the company’s first Purchasing Agent.
He has been married to Totsie (Bethea) for 42 years and together they have three children, five grandchildren (ages 2 to 15) and one lap-yapper, grand-dogger. Clifton’s hobbies include turkey hunting, bird watching, fishing, and being outdoors. He is a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church in Atmore where he sings in the choir.
Clifton just celebrated his 37th anniversary with Swift and is nearing retirement age. He plans to retire before the end of the year, but he will not become a couch potato. He would like to continue working with Swift part-time.
We all value Clifton’s knowledge, humor, experience and 37 year dedication. We will miss seeing him everyday once he retires, but he will always be part of our family. Thanks Clifton.