A Georgian postman who has touched the hearts of hundreds of residents in his neighborhood has retired after more than three decades at work – and the locals all came out to celebrate him.
Atlanta-born Floyd Martin, 61, has worked as a mail courier in Marietta for nearly 35 years. But on Wednesday, May 22, he completed his last postman service, and those he served were sure that Floyd would go out with a bang.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution news reporter Jennifer Brett Floyd accompanied him on his last shift and saw hundreds of residents decorate their mailboxes, come out to give him hugs and gifts and attend a block party in his honor at the end of the day.
Performance: Floyd Martin (photo), 61, from Georgia has stopped working for almost 35 years as a postman. He completed his last ever shift on Wednesday, May 22
Special: depicted with residents Lorraine Wascher (L) and Doreen Hipps (R) in Marietta, where he delivered mail, Floyd made a huge impact on hundreds of residents over the years
Celebration: Local residents in the area gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the postman's last service (shown with a child from the area)
Jennifer covered the trip for the newspaper and also tweeted about her experience in a now-viral thread.
Her tweets illustrated how Floyd influenced the community while working as a postman, with dozens of heart-warming photos as evidence.
Images showed the pensioner smiling with residents of all ages when they went crazy on Wednesday morning.
Cute: Hundreds of people wished him well when he retired, including this little girl who dressed up like him
Some of those who supported Floyd and celebrated the sentimental milestone, decorated their mailboxes in his honor and left bows, balloons, and cards in front of him.
Others came to pose with him for photos, with some of his younger fans going as far as he did.
Some gave him generous gifts in exchange for the service he gave the residents over the years.
At the end of the day, after his last service, more than 300 locals gathered on the street for a surprising & # 39; blocking, organized by local resident Sarah Bullington, where everyone celebrated Floyd's journey as a postman.
That journey began a few years after he graduated from the Marietta High School in 1975. He did the post test, but by the time they offered him a job, Floyd was already working at a bank.
Because he wanted to get Floyd on board, the American Post Office offered to double his salary, so he started working with the mail.
Special occasion: some of those who supported Floyd and celebrate the sentimental milestone, gave him gifts and posed for photos with him
Wow! Others decorated their mailboxes with ribbons and signs, one of which reads: & We wish you all the best! Seize the day!! You deserve it! We love you & # 39;
Now, at 61, he is ready to retire.
& # 39; Floyd is a tall, slender, very fit 61. His job involves a lot of walking, keeping him in top shape. But he's done with the heat, & Jennifer wrote.
& # 39; In the summer, the mail truck is basically a rolling oven. Last summer, Floyd decided, would be his last, & she added.
Journey: Floyd graduated from Marietta High School in 1975 and did the postal service test a few years later, before finally collaborating with the United States Postal Service.
Floyd is the youngest of four children. Without his own children, he lives in Atlanta with his dog, Gigi.
But despite being more or less alone, over the years he made countless relationships with the local people in Marietta.
Lorraine Wascher, an older woman on his route, posed for a photo with Floyd during his last service on Wednesday afternoon.
As someone who has been on his delivery route for more than 20 years, Lorraine fell in love with him and said: "He always smiled, always had a wave".
In the same way, 87-year-old Doreen Hipps got to know the postman while delivering regular mail to his home.
Doreen & # 39; s daughter Amanda Seals said: & # 39; Dementia has begun, and she no longer sees well, but she still knows Floyd. & # 39;
And it wasn't just adults who showed their appreciation for the 61-year-old. Dozens of children and teens came forward to support Floyd after they met him during his stay as a postman in the area.
Special: seen with the locals Morgan Beatton (R) and the 18-month-old river, the retired postman is the youngest of four children, and without his own children he lives in Atlanta with his dog, Gigi
Friendships: Despite living more or less alone, Floyd, pictured with Jim Pietrowski (L) and another resident on his route, made many relationships with the local people in Marietta over the years.
Party: At the end of the day, after his last service, more than 300 local residents gathered on the street for a surprising & # 39; blocking & # 39;
Fun: organized by Sarah Bullington, a local resident (top right), the company saw more than 300 people gather to celebrate Floyd's career
Jennifer tweeted: & # 39; Children on his route love, honey, L-O-V-E Mr. Floyd. Little Mae Bullington dressed as Mr. Floyd on the day her school had a career. & # 39;
She added that Floyd & # 39; flattered & # 39; was by the gesture and that it touched (his) heart. & # 39;
Similarly, local resident Jim Pietrowski said that his wife, Charlotte, remembered that their children who were waiting at the window until Floyd regularly turned up when they were younger.
Jim, who said he remembered Floyd, who often gave the children's lollipops, said: & # 39; When we met Floyd, it was like he was an old friend. & # 39;
In addition to getting to know people in the area, Floyd also tried to keep the pets happy.
Peggy Corn, who has been on Floyd & # 39; s route for years, said: & # 39; He feeds all cats. They all know him and they know that buggy! & # 39;
The postman said he also takes care of the dogs in the area because he said they & # 39; Milk Bones & # 39; get it from him while he delivers mail.
And although Floyd had a big impact on the locals, he revealed that they had the same effect on him as he spoke at the end of the celebration.
Impressive! People brought food and drink to the occasion as they gathered on the street to chat and celebrate Floyd's farewell
Appreciative: Pictured with residents from the area, Floyd spoke at the end of the party, saying: & # 39; Keep taking care of each other and smile when you think of me & # 39;
Dream: Floyd said his dream in life was to go to Hawaii one day. As a result, people in the area have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for his dream trip
Wow! Since the fundraising page for Floyd (seen with a child in the area), nearly 900 people have donated money, raising the total amount to more than $ 18,000
& # 39; You were there when I needed you, even if you didn't know it, & # 39; he said. He added: & # 39; Keep taking care of each other and smile when you think of me. & # 39;
According to Jennifer & # 39; s tweets, Jim revealed that one of his greatest aspirations in life is ever to go to Hawaii.
Since he retired earlier this week, residents of his catchment area have set up one GoFundMe page for Floyd to help him make that dream journey a reality.
The description of the page reads: & # 39; When the neighborhood that served Mailman Floyd Martin for decades heard that he was retiring, there was a full effort to make sure he knew how much everyone loved him and that to say that he would be missed would prove to be a complete understatement. & # 39;
Since the fundraising page was created, nearly 900 people in total donated more than $ 18,000 – nearly four times the $ 5,000 goal.
And since Floyd's story became viral, Delta Airlines has called in her help and commented on Jennifer's & # 39; s thread: & # 39; a trip to Hawaii is the perfect way to celebrate a wonderful career. We would like to arrange for Mr Martin's flight. & # 39;
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