Jack Hobbs is ready for a break.
For the past 26 years, he's served as the president of Chapter 1364 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Chapter 1364 is based out of McDuffie County, and meets at the Thomson Depot.
"I've enjoyed every bit of it," he said Thursday night during a ceremony in his honor at the Depot. "Y'all are the backbone of this chapter, and you always have been."
NARFEA Georgia President Bill Douglas said Mr. Hobbs' dedication to the members of the organization was impressive. He said Mr. Hobbs ran the local chapter as a true democracy.
"The members made the decisions," said State President Bill Douglas. "He ensured they are carried out."
Mr. Hobbs was born and raised in Jefferson County. He enlisted in the Army during WWII and served in the South Pacific. After being honorably discharged, Mr. Hobbs took a job as a truck driver at Camp Gordon in 1950. Twenty-nine years later, he retired as an assistant foreman.
That same year - 1979 - he joined NARFEA. A short while later, he became only the second president of the local chapter. During the years, his wife, Mary, also filled in as secretary of the chapter at various times.
During Thursday night's gathering, chapter members gave him a standing ovation for his service. He also received several plaques, and a certificate of recognition from the national organization.
"It's an honor, and I hope my head don't get too big," Mr. Hobbs said, with a laugh.
Milton Keene will be taking over as the new chapter president, a move Mr. Hobbs said he was happy to see.
"That sure was a load off my shoulders," he said.
Mr. Hobbs said it was time to pass the mantle to someone else.
"When you get old, you start forgetting the good times," he said, as his lips curled into a smile. "But I remember."