| So Many Memories.....
Below I will describe how I remember a lot of the clerks I
worked with and their unique attitudes and/or attributes that
contributed to the family atmosphere of Working On The Railroad.
This is yet another installment of my memories and there will be
more to come later about others that I worked with, so if you
don't recognize any of these names, chances are you will in the
later installments. Some of the people mentioned in these series
have passed away but memories of them will live on with me and
hopefully others - and, no disrespect is meant in any of these
So many memories...Gerald Lewis worked the 3rd shift at the
window and I worked with him at times. Many nights he would
bring a crock full of meatballs or some other great food to eat
on all night. That made the nights bearable for me. He was a
great guy - but he passed on a few years ago.
So many memories...Donald Jenkins - cool guy that always had
the seniority to work first shift at the window with week-ends
off. Great guy to work with.
So many memories...Harold Guinn - he was probably the most
efficient clerk I worked with. Very precise and was great at his
So many memories...Elma Montieth - this lady worked the 1st
shift 1050 job and dressed to the tee for her job. We always
kidded her about the purse she carried around - it was so big
and had so many prescription drugs, we called it her own
So many memories...Eddie Ackerman - a friend I knew from high
school but he was very opinionated and was very much against the
company in anything they tried to do. He was a good guy but just
thought he knew the better way to do everything. Deceased.
So many memories...Larry Privette - if you ever wanted to know
the answer to anything, Larry was your man. Good guy to work
with - but you could tell when he was telling a fib because his
face would turn red. But that didn't matter, he knew the answer
So many memories...John Mose Wooten - the kind of guy that if
you wanted to get something done, just pump John up with
compliments and he was your man. Another deceased workmate.
So many memories...Bobby Norton - a friend that worked third
shift 1050 most of the time - he was always there to give you a
hand if you needed it.
So many memories..."Commodore" Perry - seems his initials were
S.E. and I don't know how he got that nickname but he was full
of knowledge - about anything.
So many memories...Lee Jenkins - a guy that hailed from
Wadesboro I believe - started in the operator ranks. Knew his
So many memories...Barry Tice - another Wadesboro native if I
am not mistaken - also from the operator ranks and a great guy.
So many memories...Mason Nance - and I believe Mason was
from further up the road - maybe Monroe, not sure but another
great guy to work with...I believe he also later on became a
So many memories...Bobby Hicks - great guy and loved to bet on
the ballgames...he transferred to Jax about the same time I did.
So many memories...Gregg Gould - funny guy - he could keep you
in stiches with jokes and a hard worker. He also moved to Jax
but believe he had moved back to Hamlet before he passed away.
So many memories...Larry Baldwin - we called him "Brown Sugar"
- don't know where that came from but he had the craziest laugh
you have ever heard.
So many memories...Carol Liles - Lilesville native and a likeable
person but had such a dry sense of humor - later on moved to
Richmond Va and got married but has sadly passed on since then.
So many memories...Carole Gillis, now Carole Fry - great lady to
work with. Friends for over 20 years - she works for City Hall
So many memories...Susan Anderson - friendly person with a
great personality. She was kin to Homer "Dynamite" Benoist that
ran Five Points Grocery - he is in other stories on this website.
Believe Susan left the railroad and went into the flower shop
business with relatives in Hamlet.
So many memories...Cathy Ackerman - hard worker and well liked
by all. Just recently passed on. She will be missed.
So many memories...O. W. Altman, R. L. Altman, & Dexter
Altman - three brothers, all different. OW - the ladies man -
RL - had other businesses besides the railroad but passed away I
believe shortly after I moved to Jax Fl in 1988 & Dexter, hard
worker and on the road a lot working different jobs.
So many memories...Leeman Ormsby - RL's buddy and also had
other business ventures outside the railroad.
So many memories...Joyce Gilchrist - nice lady to work with -
always had a question to ask you. I believe she also moved to Jax
in the late 80s.
So many memories...Louise Pate - lot of Pates worked for the
railroad, she was the first shift scale clerk. Could answer about
any question you had.
So many memories...Jimmy Saunders - knew this guy since high
school. Nicknamed LSD - little short dude. Believe he works in
Rockingham now at a pawn shop.
So many memories...Kathy Rollins - hard working clerk and a
country girl at heart. Fun to work with.
So many memories...Linda King - another great person - she was
a very energetic lady that could tell jokes that would keep you
So many memories...Russell Lancaster - fellow worker all the way
from Hamlet to Jacksonville, Fl. Former creator of I Remember
Hamlet, Russell was there for my wife when I had my first heart
attack in Jacksonville. We worked many jobs together - good
friend to have.
There are probably more fellow workers that I have left off here
but hopefully as these memories unfold in the later installments,
more names will come back to me.
The next sections of Working on the Railroad - My Story will go
into more detail of how it was during my years there and
probably be a little more interesting than naming names like
above. I just want to mention as many people as I can that I
remember during my years there...and maybe inspire others to
jot down their memories and send them along to Rockingham
Remembered to be published.
So, another chapter written of Working on the Railroad - My
Story - and another memory of how it was growing up in
Rockingham, North Carolina - a small textile town in the South in
the '50s, '60s,'70s and '80s.
|Working on the Railroad - My
Story - Chapter 2
written by Joel Bailey
December 18, 2008
|So, as the Train of Life keeps
chugging along, another page
written of my Memories of....