He walks into Walmart in 2020 just like he did in 1970, grinning from ear to ear. October 21 marks a milestone for Marshall Johnson that few associates have reached: 50 years with the company. It’s a ride that began in Kentucky and hasn’t slowed down since.
“I just feel wonderful. I feel great!” Marshall said, wearing that familiar smile. “Walmart just sticks with you. I sure do thank God that Walmart has put up with me for all of these years.”
Marshall is currently a maintenance associate at Store 665 in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Five decades of memories could fill a book, but one experience Marshall is quick to mention is his visit to Bentonville more than 30 years ago that included lunch at Sam Walton’s home.
“Back then, we took a bus. We got close to Bentonville, and you could see the lakes. I just had a ball,” Marshall said. “He fed us Kentucky Fried Chicken, and we just sat around and talked to each other. I think Mr. Sam was original. He was a great man. Not too many bosses like him.”