“I started late in my career,” said Drake, “It’s been a lot of fun.”
Drake started with the United States Postal Service in 1986, and the 65-year-old is calling it quits after hearing loss has made it difficult to do his job.
“It’s getting harder to hear customers,” said Drake.
Known for his quick wit with a smile, Drake was a staple at the Williams Post Office.
“Tim was the most beloved employee with the Williams Post Office,” said Williams Postmaster, Cynthia Jones, “He will be missed.”
While not calling it retirement, Drake hopes to get projects completed around his home and make sure his wife gets off to work.
“The wife and I are foster parents to three children,” said Drake, “they are 7, 8, and 10 years old.”
Drake and his wife Maria have been foster parents for about eight years.
“After the stepdaughter had left the house, my wife didn’t want an empty house because I am not a chatterbox,” said Drake, “I talk to people all day and when I get home I don’t really want to talk.”
Drake commented on his years at the Williams Post Office, and the importance getting to know everyone in town to make his job easier.
“I got to know everyone, the street addresses and where everyone lives,” said Drake, “it made my job easier and more accurate in getting the mail out.”
Drake commented that many of the mail pieces they deliver did not have the right address.
“I can get the package usually to the right person by knowing information about them or using some of my sources; but, occasionally I would have to send back a package with the wrong address,” said Drake.
Drake commented that he has mentored and trained Williams Postal Employee, Jada Spyres.
“Jada knows a lot, if not more than what I knew, she will do great with the information I taught her.” Said Drake.
In addition to being a postal employee, Drake served on the Williams City Council.