Linda Young assumes duties as Caraway Postmaster
Linda Young of Leachville is the new postmaster at Caraway. Young has 15 years of experience in different post offices in the area. She assumed the Caraway position in October after long-time Postmaster Betty Pendegraft retired.
Young started as a clerk at the Leachville Post Office in 1989, moving to the Monette Post Office as a clerk in 1995. In 2000 she was appointed postmaster at Greenway, near Rector. When she served as clerk, she was loaned to the Lake City Post Office, Manila Post Office, Paragould Post Office and the Arkansas State University Post Office.
"Working in the different post offices was very good experience," Young said. "The customer needs are a little different at each location. Working at ASU was very good experience. There were students from all over the world receiving packages from home and sending packages."
Caraway Post Office is a Level 15, which is larger than Greenway which is a Level 11.
Young said she enjoyed her time at Greenway and working with the people but moving to Caraway cut her driving distance in half.
"Coming to Caraway is like coming home," Young said.
Young grew up between Black Oak and Caraway in the country known as the Wallace Community. She has many friends and relatives that live in Caraway.
"I love being here in Caraway. I appreciate the people in the community. Everyone has been very helpful and patient while I am getting settled in," she said.
The Caraway staff includes Susie Cockrell, clerk, and Lester Mullen, route mail carrier. Larry Cothren serves as substitute rural carrier.
Before going to work in the post office, Young had 15 years in banking. She worked at Leachville State Bank for nine years and six years at Southbank in Manila.
She and her husband, Ed, live in Leachville. He also works for the post office where he serves as rural mail carrier in Leachville.
They have two sons, David and Michael. David is a teacher at Fayetteville High School and his wife, Joanna, teaches at Rogers. Michael works in the lab at Nucor.