Rufus Faircloth, who began his career as a federal employee in 1962 when a First-Class stamp cost 4-cents and John F. Kennedy was president, will be recognized for his 50 years of dedicated service as a postal carrier at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Eastgate Station, 711 Eastgate Loop.
“Rufus is among an elite group of employees who can tell stories about how much the Postal Service has changed during his employment – from the advent of ZIP Codes to the way mail is processed and delivered,” said TN District Manager David Dillman.
“It’s a real honor to pay tribute to such a dedicated employee, and we want to congratulate and thank him for sharing those years with us at the Postal Service.”
And Mr. Faircloth shows no signs of slowing down. Even after all these years, he says he still enjoys coming to work every day. “I work with a lot of wonderful people and for a great organization, and my customers are like family. I’ve enjoyed watching so many children grow up and start families of their own. I figure as long as I enjoy it, I will continue delivering mail,” he said.
Besides Faircloth, other attendees will include Chattanooga Postmaster Pete Dechelle, Manager of Customer Service Operations Mike Whalen, and Mr. Faircloth’s peers and family members.