David Kelly, a 32-year veteran of Federal Express has officially retired.
Kelly’s last day on the job was last Wednesday and without a doubt he will be missed in the community.
Kelly said he is looking forward to retirement and spending time with his wife Crystal and family dog Ceiena.
“The wife and I will now have time to visit with our daughters,” Kelly said.
Kelly has two daughters, Christine, who lives in Atlanta, and Sasha, who resides in the Washington D.C. area.
Kelly also has a few other things in mind to do with his new free time. He has been collecting tools for more than 10 years.
“Some are still in boxes,” he said with a chuckle. “I have a wood shop at home that I make small furniture and repairs.”
Kelly will miss the people he delivered too. The people he greeted each day meant more than just people merely accepted his packages. They are friends, people he relied on as much as they relied on him, not only for deliveries but for community camaraderie.
Kelly has delivered working the same route in Emporia for 28 years, learning the route and the people along the way like the back of his hand.
“I have made many friends over the years,” said Kelly. “I would stop a few minutes to chit-chat with folks, even if I didn’t have a package to deliver.”
Kelly went on to say that there has been a lot of great people and families that he has come to know over the years.
“There are great people I’ve had the pleasure to meet right here in this small town,” he noted. “It is the people here in the Emporia community that I will miss the most.”
Kelly doesn’t plan on being a stranger to the community. He will come back to visit and is motivated to join the YMCA.
“My dad goes to the YMCA here in town,” he said.” I am thinking about joining him for a daily dose of exercise.”
Kelly said he has been told that keeping himself healthy and active is important during retirement.
Kelly does have a few other things in mind to do with his new free time. He has been collecting tools for more than 10 years.
“Some are still in boxes,” he said with a chuckle. “I have a wood shop at my home where I make small furniture and repairs.”
Kelly also plans to fish on his boat and has special plans to restore his two antique cars. He has a 1956 Buick Special as well as a 1966 Buick Special.
“I am going to restore those cars even if it takes me the next 10 years.”
A big reason why Kelly will be missed is his upbeat demeanor. He’s had to navigate through a lot of adverse weather conditions through the years and he’s always done so with a smile.