Two of the nicest people I've ever met in my life live in neighboring Warren County. They are Patricia Kendrick-Walker and Milledge Samuels.
The two have been vital employees of the City of Warrenton for many years. Both of them recently announced their plans to retire.
Mrs. Walker has been a law enforcement officer with the Warrenton Police Department for 20 years, while Mr. Samuels has served as streets and sanitation department director and city recreation department for several years.
Neither of them is planning to actually depart completely from serving others, which is the fortunate part for all of us.
Mrs. Walker will officially retire from her position with the city police department on Dec. 31. The following day she will step into her new job as director of the Warren County 911 Center. She has much experience in that field and will be a perfect fit to guide the county's emergency services communications.
Mr. Samuels, who lives here in McDuffie County, is planning to retire at the same time as Mrs. Walker. Instead of retiring completely from his job with the city, he plans to work part-time within the recreation department.
These two people have done so much for the City of Warrenton and Warren County through the years. I have personally known Mrs. Walker and Mr. Samuels for many, many years and can attest that they have been assets wherever they have worked.
Without a doubt, both of them will be missed very much when they retire from their current jobs.
Mrs. Walker and Mr. Samuels are the kind of people that any community would like to claim as their people. The City of Warrenton and Warren County have been very blessed to have had such fine people working for them and their residents all of these years.
Not only have these two people been most professional in their jobs, they are decent, most honorable people, too.
It's been my pleasure to have worked with them so many years. Both of them are wonderful, caring people. Both care about people a lot and would do anything they could for anybody.
Actually, it's remarkable that both of them have so many similar character trademarks.
One of the big things I admire and respect about Mrs. Walker and Mr. Samuels is the fact that they are the same today as they were yesterday. They also do what they say they are going to do, which means an awful lot in today's times. Perhaps, that's what has made them such excellent employees over the years.
I sincerely wish both of them many, many happy years and continued success in their new roles.