Asbell and Jones retire from post office
By Carrie A. Mizell
Customers quickly became friends, who over the years have brought in a number of baked goods for Asbell and her fellow employees to enjoy, like the woman who sent her son in with a huge coconut cake for Asbell earlier this week, a delicious going away gift.
Over the years, Asbell said the customers have not changed a lot, but the post office’s working relationship with UPS has changed drastically.
“When I started you didn’t mention UPS; it was a dirty word,” Asbell explained. “Now they fly our mail and deliver our packages and we deliver their packages. We’re just one big family.”
Asbell said she wanted to retire so she could spend more time with her husband James, who retired from Central Florida Electric Cooperative six years ago. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, James gave up farming this year and now the two plan to spend some time traveling. She may even sign-up to be a substitute teacher.
Trenton Postmaster Sam Jones also retired last week after 32 years with the United States Postal Service. Jones began his career in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and transferred to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1985. After that he worked as a manager at various post offices. Five years ago he transferred to Trenton Post Office.
“When I first got to Trenton I didn’t know how I would be received as the first black postmaster, but it has been a very enjoyable experience,” Jones said. “The employees take care of each other like a family here and the people in the community are so friendly.”
Trenton’s new postmaster is Linda Jenkins.