After four years of serving as postmaster for the Winnsboro Post Office, Emma W. Oliver is retiring.
On July 31, she will complete 34 years with the postal service.
Oliver who is a 1974 graduate of Winnsboro High never dreamed that one day she would be sitting behind the postmaster door in Winnsboro, but she feels God had a plan for her life.
Some 34 years ago she started out as a mail processing clerk and all she wanted to do was her job.
Her goal was to come to work and not have her boss stay on her case about doing anything wrong.
With this goal in mind she worked hard and continued to show determination, of which the leadership in the company took notice. Shortly after being a processing clerk, she became a supervisor and then a plant manager.
Oliver was plant manager in Florence for nine years and Greenville for two years before coming to Winnsboro as the first African American, and the 21st postmaster, for the town.
Oliver believes, ”God sets us up for opportunity and allow good things to happen to us and for us. If you have good work ethic, doors will open for you.”
This has truly been the case in her life. As the mother of three boys and grandmother of three, she now plans to spend time with her children as well as travel.
Not only does she plan to do some traveling, shopping, and to spend time with family and friends, but she also is working on her Mary Kay business, as well as working on a program to mentor young girls.
Tuesday will be Oliver’s last day at the post office.
There is an all day drop-in planned for customers to stop by visit with to her on Tuesday and the public is invited to attend.