Thornton presented Gathright with a framed declaration of the position of Postmaster signed by Postmaster General John E. Potter, declaring her postmaster May 1, 2004.
Gathright also received honorable certificates from Omer Rogers, manager of the Mid-American District, and Wilbur Thornton, acting manager of Post Office Operations for the Cardwell area.
Master of ceremonies was Darla Harrell, Gathright's sister, and fellow Postmaster of Black Oak.
The Pledge of Allegiance was observed as the ceremony was conducted under the flag pole directly outside of the Cardwell Post Office.
Gathright is married to Billy Gathright and she has two sons, Gavin, 3, and Rush 1. She is the daughter of Larry and Fran Cothren of Monette. She is an alumnus of Buffalo Island Central and Arkansas State University.
Benediction was observed, and a celebration followed at the Cardwell Post Office.