By Clint Parker
Weaverville – The mailroom at the post office in Weaverville was extra full of people Tuesday morning (Oct. 29th) as friends, family and coworkers gathered to wish a member of their band of postal employees the best as she retired.
Shirley Chandler, the smiling face behind the counter, retired from her job of 15 years, 12 years of which were served right here in Weaverville. Shirley, a local, was 56 when she started out at the Waynesville Post Office, where she met and was trained by Freda Robinson, who attended Shirley’s retirement party on Tuesday.
“She just showed up and they told me to train her,” said Robinson of her first meeting with Shirley. “I didn’t know how much fun she would be!”
After being with another company for 23 years, Shirley had been laid off and was looking for another job when she got the post office job and the order to report to Waynesville at 3:30 am the next morning. The rest is history.
Regular Weaverville Post Office customers will be missing Shirley’s face and smile behind the counter. Asked about plans for her retirement, Shirley, 73, said she had no particular plans.