Professional Profile: Pic-N-Sav's Sherron Bailey Davis
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Pic-N-Sav’s Sherron Bailey Davis.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born Dec. 21, 1969, in Columbia.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I went to West Marion through the sixth grade then transferred to JNA Christian Academy where I graduated from.
Q: Where do you work? Tell us about your job/company.
A: I’m the first cashier at Pic-N-Sav, and I wait on the customers and take the money in. You have to have good customer service because you don’t want to run them off. When Donna is on vacation, I do her job as scan coordinator. I also run the Pic-N-Sav Facebook page along with two others.
Q: What led you to your profession?
A: My grandma, Betty Morgan, got me this job. I went through a hard divorce, and when I came out of it she got me this job. I’ve know the manager, Pam, all my life. I raised my two girls working here, and I’ve been here 16 years.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: The customers. They always enjoy to see me, especially the babies. My customers will say, “Hey Sherron, how are you doing?” They always find me wherever I’m at. I’ll tell them, “Y’all don’t have name tags on so I don’t know your names as well as you know mine.”
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
A: The 10 percent. It’s the cost for the store. It’s the only profit we get. Ever since we changed our name from Piggly Wiggly to Pic-N-Sav, explaining to them what the 10 percent is is the most challenging part. It really gets me upset. I try to explain to people it’s not a tax; it’s our surcharge. Other stores charge up to 20 to 25 percent, and we did when we were Piggly Wiggly. They just didn’t see it. Also I had meningitis in 2012, and ever since then my legs have got worse on me. At times it’s just hard to stand there at that register for eight hours, but I do it because I have to.
Q: What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?
A: Learning multiplications because you’re going to use them here and watching money. People will try to con you, and you have to watch what you’re doing. You have to make sure you always count back and don’t just hand them the money because something can be stuck together or you could’ve counted wrong. You don’t want your register to be short. I’ve learned people do care about you. I had a customer the other day bring me a wooden jewelry box, and she said, “I’m bringing this to you because you matter to me and you make my day brighter.”
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I always wanted to be an archaeologist. I always want to go dig in the dirt and discover history. I love history.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked for Olan Mills selling pictures over the phone. I actually worked at The Columbian-Progress selling newspaper subscriptions, too.
Q: Who are the people who have been most influential in your life?
A: My parents, Pete Bailey and Lynette Morgan Bailey. I lost my mom when I was 17 to cancer. If I could be half the woman she was, I’d be a good woman. My dad always worked hard. He was never home enough because he was always working a day job and a night job. He actually worked here at night at Piggly Wiggly when I was a little girl. They instilled in me a work ethic and taught me to take care of my family. My grandma was a big influence, too. She worked until she was 77 years old at Pioneer.
Q: What is your fiancé’s name?
A: Joseph Kellar.
Q: Do you have children?
A: I have a 21-year-old daughter, Rachel, who just got a job at the museum, and a 17-year-old daughter, Bethany, who is in the 11th grade at West Marion.
Q: If you could have anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: Steak fajitas from Azteca. I love them.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Ireland. I did my DNA, and most of my DNA was Irish.
Q: What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I love family history and genealogy. Right now I’m running a Facebook group called Historical Memories of Columbia and Marion County, and I like to post stuff on there about the history of the area.
Q: What do you enjoy about Columbia and Marion County?
A: I like that it’s a small town, and I like the people. Everybody knows everybody. Everybody looks out for each other.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone from your life or history, who would it be and why?
A: My great-great-grandparents, Ebb and Polly Morgan. I’d like to just talk to them and ask them how tough or easy their life was and just tell them I’m honoring them every year with a family reunion.
Q: If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do all day?
A: I would probably go dig in old courthouses, do genealogy and research my family history.
Q: What moment in your life has had the biggest impact on who you are today?
A: When my mom passed away. At the age of 17, I had to take over that role because my brothers were only 14 and 8. It just threw us all for a loop. We moved out by my great-grandmother, Lura Belle Dunaway, and she was a great woman, too. That impact of the death of my mother is hard to get over. When you’re so young like that, that’s when you need a mom.
Q: What is one thing you want to do that you’ve never tried?
A: Fly on an airplane. I’ve never flown on an airplane. Tim Matthews told me he’s going to take me up in his airplane, and I’m going to hold him to that.
Q: Using one word for each, what are your top three morals?
A: Honesty, compassion and caring.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: As a person that loved you, cared for you and would do anything for you. I don’t want to just be remembered as a cashier at Pic-N-Sav but as a friend.
— Joshua Campbell