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Thomson postmaster retires after 13 years

George Hester, who has been Thomson's postmaster since Feb. 1991, is retiring after 33 years of government service.

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George Hester is joined by his wife Ruth and his son Chad at a retirement celebration Thursday.
Photo by Jerrie Macintire
Mr. Hester, who began his postal career in Augusta as a city carrier in September 1974, served as a postmaster in Warrenton before moving to the Thomson branch.

Surrounded by family and co-workers, Mr. Hester was honored for his service to Thomson at a gathering Thursday morning at the post office.

Billy Pierce, manager of post office operations for the South Georgia district, presented Mr. Hester with a certificate of appreciation and wished him well on his retirement.

"You will be missed by your staff, customers and fellow postmasters," Mr. Pierce said.

Mr. Hester, who lives in Evans, plans to spend time with his extended family in the Augusta area, and will undertake some home projects, said his wife, Ruth, a retired postmaster in Harlem.

"I'm really going to miss Thomson. You've got really good people here," Mr. Hester told those gathered to honor him.

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Billy Pierce, manager of Post Office Operations, South Georgia District, presents George Hester with a certificate of appreciation for 33 years of government service.
Photo by Jerrie MacIntire
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart," he added.

Scott Carpenter of Johnston, S.C., will serve as officer in charge until a new postmaster is named.



Web posted on Thursday, January 6, 2005











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