It’s one thing to find a job that you’re good at. It’s another thing when you find something you’re passionate about that you can do for the rest of your life. At nearly 100 years old, Callie Terrell has literally done both.
She is a hairstylist and beautician who has been doing this for almost her whole life and yes, she still has clients. You would think at 99-years-old she would just sit down somewhere and enjoy grandchildren like many her age, but nope, not Mrs. Terrell. She simply loves what she does.
That’s right. On any given day you can find Mrs. Terrell doing a roller set, maybe doing a bob or a cut-and-style. Oh, and she still drives to work too.
“I work because this is what I’ve enjoyed doing all my life from a little girl,” says Terrell. “I always loved messing with my sister’s hair. They had beautiful hair and I always enjoyed doing this.”
Mrs. Terrell now only works to keep busy and to satisfy a few longtime customers, like her daughter Inez. Terrell is still sharp with her mind and her scissors as she awaits her 100th birthday in November 2018.
“Whenever I give out my birthday to people, you have to pay for it. November 26th, how old will I be? One hundred, how about that?” says the Tennessee native.
Local station, WREG Channel 3 checked the state of Tennessee, and found out that they first issued her license to operate on Jan. 30, 1945 which makes her the oldest living beautician in the state (At the time of this article, we are checking to see if she also sets the oldest record for in the country, too).
Since that time, she’s outlived almost all of her customers. “People my age that I used to be buddy-buddy with, I don’t have a single one. I was in a bridge club. I’m the only one in the club that’s living.”
When asked about the secret to long life, she says work is part of that.
“I’m not used to just being up in the house. You see, I worked so long I’ve just been around people and doing something exciting,” she said. “Most old people, they’re so dry and droll. I can’t deal with that. I gotta live and do the things that make me happy.”
Working brings her joy. But she plans to finally retire at the end of the year.
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