Bobby Aldred has opened the store at Culpepper Lumber Company six days a week for more than 46 years. His wife Rose could be found in the office there for the past 36 years.
After tomorrow, that will come to an end. Both are retiring together and plan on a lot of catch up work.
"We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Culpepper Lumber Company," Mrs. Aldred said." ...Our health is good, and we're just going to stay home and do some things and whatever."
"I'll be working every day. I'm just changing jobs and changing bosses," Mr. Aldred said. "The boss is going home with me, and whatever she says do, that's what I'm going to do."
The Aldreds said they have a lot of work around their home they plan to do now that they have time. They also plan on traveling and visiting their grandchildren, especially a granddaughter in Texas they haven't seen in more than a year.
They both said they will miss the employees and customers they have worked with through the years. Mr. Aldred even plans on helping out at the store in a pinch, but he said he will enjoy sleeping late for a change.
"I told somebody the other day when five o'clock rolls around I was going to wake up as usual; I was going to look over there and see what time it was and turn over and go back to sleep," Mr. Aldred said. "About seven o'clock I'm going to wake up again and look over there and say, 'Hmm, I hope somebody opened the store up.'"