Thursday, October 30, 2008

Welcome to Retirement

Our Uncle Joe, the retiree
Tomorrow is not just Halloween, it is also the day our Uncle Joe will hang up his pencil and calculator and step into retirement. He has worked for Southern Leather as the CFO for 31 years. The man has driven to downtown Memfrica 5 days a week for 31 years. He deserves a medal, I tell ya!
Many shoes, belts and purses have been had because of this sweet man. I remember getting Kangaroo tennis shoes with the zippers from the warehouse downtown. I would put my lunch money in them. My lunch was 80 cents. (What odd memories I have stored in my head.) Julie says she has no memory of the warehouse or his office. Maybe I was spoiled or favored a bit more. ha!
Uncle Joe has the patience of Job and a heart of gold. Randall often says, "There is a special place in heaven for that man"... I have to agree with him! We are so happy he is going to get to enjoy his woodworking a bit more, do more "honey-do's" for Aunt Babs and play with Claire a bit more.
Next weekend Aunt Babs and Hollye are throwing a party for him. I can't wait to go over and hug his neck and see all our family and friends. Mrs. Carolyn is catering the shindig. It is truly going to be the highlight of my week!
Congrats UJ, we are proud of you!
Abby Jo
P.S. He likes to think I was named after him. I either walk in the back door of his house or call and say, "Hey, Uncle Joe" and he says ,"Hey Abby Jo", both in the same excited tone.
I love it!


Anonymous said...

Hey Abby Jo!

What a sweet note from you. I love you and wish you and Randal all the best. You really picked a "winner" in him.

Uncle Joe

Anonymous said...

Real Scary to think where I'd be
without that man in my life. Joe
Newsom is not only a fantastic brother-in-law, he is the finest man I've ever known in all my life.