Watson retires from Post Office after 39 years
After 39 years of delivering the mail to Fayetteville postal patrons, Neal Watson retired on May 30.
The veteran carrier was honored by his co-workers with a retirement day breakfast, as well as cake and all the fanfare that comes with retirement. Both Chris Logan, a supervisor with the local post office, and Patty Reynolds, the interim postmaster, spoke, as well as others, commending Watson’s commitment to residents and businesses here. For the last 20 of his 39 years with the post office, he’s served as a city carrier.
Recalling his early days as a carrier at the Fayetteville Post Office, Watson said the business of delivering the mail has changed incredibly over the years – “A.C. Elder was the postmaster when I started,” he said, “and his philosophy was, if you know where a piece of mail goes, get it there.”
Back in those days, employees with the local post office did most everything but carry the rural routes. In addition to that changing, the volume of mail has also changed substantially – there used to be five city routes, including an auxiliary route, and today there are three. Rural routes at the Fayetteville Post Office have decreased from 15 to nine.
Asking what he will most about the business, Watson was quick to answer – “I’ll miss the friends I have here and the people,” he said.
“I’ve got so many things I want to do,” he continued, saying he’s looking forward to spending more time farming, working with the church and, most important, enjoying his kids.