KILLEEN, TX — A friendly face is missing at the 7-Eleven convenience store on W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.
Janet Hawks, better known as Ms. Janet, died earlier this month. The longtime employee left a lasting impression on the neighborhood she served. She was known for her sense of humor and wit.
“She used to say, "You coming in here to give me a hard time? You are always giving me a hard time," with like a big old smile, you know what I’m saying, lit up the room,” said Anndreaneshia Thompson, an employee of the 7-Eleven.
And customers agree.
“She would always get us to laugh. Every single time. There was not one mean bone in her body,” said Stephanie Delgado, a customer. Delgado and her sons had a tradition of stopping by the 7-Eleven after school to catch up with Ms. Janet.
“We would come in here everyday to get Slurpees and stuff, and she would always talk to my kids, ask how their day was,” said Delgado.
While Ms. Janet won’t be at the counter anymore, the store says they are going to keep the tradition as a way to preserve the memory of their friend.
Customers and colleagues 25 News spoke to say that she was far more than just a store clerk, she had the power to change a person’s day.