LUBBOCK- After working with him for decades, Abel Pompa's co-workers said he will be missed.
"When I started I was working 60 hours a week making a dollar an hour," said Pompa.
Pompa began his career with United Supermarkets in 1962 when he was 18 years old.
"They treated everybody really good. I felt like I belonged with them whenever they hired me on."
And Pompa did belong.
Over the course of more than 52 years he stayed with them, always giving 100 percent.
"I worked my way up from sacking groceries, to being a stocker, to being assistant manager, being a store director."
Co-workers Keith Bradley and Joe Womble worked with Pompa for a long time- not 52 years- but quite a while.
"He's a legend in our company," said Bradley.
"Probably won't meet a finer gentleman anywhere," said Womble.
Pompa's wife, Olivia, said she's proud of her husband's career, but also happy that she'll finally have him home.
"If we had to start all over again, I wouldn't mind doing it because he loved it so much."
Now, Pompa's trading in his work shoes for golf shoes.
"Golf is my life after that. It's what my passion is. Hopefully I can get some more rounds in now that I'm not working."