Charles in charge
Almost 40,000 deliveries made as Wareing, 79, bounces back from stroke with trademark ‘infectious smile’
Suffering a stroke at age 78, Wareing obviously had to put his deliveries on hold — but for only two weeks.
“He bounced back and begged to come back,” said Bo Creech, Edible Arrangements District Sales manager.
On top of crediting fellow employees for reacting quickly when having his stroke — happening at the store “just after making a delivery” in the fall of 2018 — “I had a great doctor,” Wareing said.
However, despite excellent medical care, “even the doctor said, ‘You were a miracle,’” this special delivery man added about his speedy recovery.
Building back his energy quickly, “He
couldn’t stand being at home,” Creech added about Wareing.
Summing up the man
Edible Arrangements owner Bryan Butler summed it all up about Wareing: “he’s the absolute perfect professional — and outstanding employee and an even better person.
“He’s willing to do anything,” he added.
“Every day he brings his infectious smile
here,” Creech said. “His sincere and caring work ethic is off the charts. He’s a wonderful man and employee.”
The joys, attention to detail
“This is a great job because it brings a lot of joy to the recipients. They’re happy to get it,” Wareing said. “That absolutely brings joy to me.”
Especially evident with his repeat customers, “It’s nice to be greeted with a big smile,” he said. “And it’s great to be delivering a quality product.
“I’m pleased and flattered to be part of the company,” Wareing added.
Working about 30 hours, five days a week, Wareing’s range of deliveries go as far north as Oak Ridge, as far west as Lenoir City, as far south as Maryville/Alcoa and as far east as East Towne Mall. “We cover five counties,” he said.
About all those deliveries, “He’s got the paperwork to prove it,” Creech said about Wareing’s close attention to detail.
In fact, at the end of his delivery day Wednesday, Dec. 4, “It was 39,092” deliveries, Wareing said.
About being hired in 2007, “One of the young ladies who was working in the kitchen was also a member of the Kiwanis Club. I had just recently moved here at that point, and she said, ‘Would you be interested in a job?’” Wareing recalled.
The answer was enthusiastic.
“And I said, ‘sure. … I enjoyed meeting the public,’” he recalled saying.
“I was retired from retailing. … I was a store manager and later a mall manager in Central Florida just outside of Orlando.”
About moving to Knox County, having a sister and brother-in-law in this area, “It was nice to get out of Florida,” Wareing said.
“I love the winters here, and the topography. The foothills and the mountains are just gorgeous.”