Larry Towell retires after 30 years
Larry Towell, rural mail carrier for Route 1, Leachville, made his last delivery on Friday. Towell is retiring with 30 years of service to the Leachville Postal Service. He served as a clerk for 10 years and delivered to the Route 1 patrons for the last 21 years.
He worked under several Postmasters in Leachville and Moentte.
Towell said the years passed fast until he started thinking about retirement a couple years ago and the last two seemed long.
He said the roads have improved and the winters have been mild the last 10 years.
Postmaster Candy Denny and Leachville employees surprised Towell on Friday morning with a cake and refreshments. Denny presented Towell with a letter and certificate from the District Manager E.W. Walden.
"Everyone has told me that the first five years of retirement are the best," Towell said.
He is looking forward to golfing, fishing and spending time with the grandchildren.
Towell's wife, Frankie, was on hand for the celebration. They Towells have two sons and two grandchildren. Larry Don and his wife, Rita, live in Manila with their son, Jordon, who is 11. Jimmy and Dana and their daughter, Bailey who is 8, also live in Manila.
Towell was the guest of honor at a retirement dinner held Thursday night at Ruby Tuesday's in Jonesboro. Twenty-eight joined Mr. and Mrs. Towell to wish them well in their retirement. Mrs. Towell retired from Telefloral earlier this year.
Guests at the dinner included their sons and families; his brother and sister-in-law, Carroll and June Towell; Postmasters and retired Postmasters, Candy Denny, Larry Denny, Linda Young, Beulah Cannon, Ken Eaton (retired), Jim Marshall, and DeeAnn Corbett (retired); retired mail carriers Bud Selby and F.L. McHaney, co-workers, rural carriers Ed Young and Karen Vaughn, sales and service associates Brenda Robins and Tammy Betts and spouses.
Towell was presented with a 30 year service pin and service award.
One of the events Towell will remember for a long time is wrecking his jeep.
"My jeep was upside down in a ditch. It took me 45 minutes to get out and no one ever came by. That shows you that carrying the mail can be a lonely job," Towell said.
Towell has lived in Leachville most of his life. He moved to Leachville when he was six years old.
"I could not have had a better place to work," Towell said. "It has been a good 30 years."
Jim Turnbow will be taking Route 1. He is familiar with the job as he has served as Towell's substitute driver for 17 years.