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The business of being a courier
Contact: Don Foley
Date: September 3, 2009
71-Year Old Jerry Curtis spends more than three hours every day behind the wheel of a van. His job is being the courier for Georgia Northwestern Technical College for all four of its campuses in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, and Walker County.
“Riding in an air-conditioned car and getting paid for it is just fine with me,” said Curtis. The Rome resident worked for Sears for 31 years before retiring. A short time after his retirement, he decides to work again. This time he would gain employment at the JL Todd Auction Company in Rome; where he’s now been for 16 years. He may be retired, but he now holds two different jobs in his golden years.
“We have a good time at the auction,” said Curtis. “And man, we’ve sold everything. The oddest thing we ever sold before was an entire town.” The town of Parrott, Georgia (Population approximately 200) is near Albany, Georgia. Many of the scenes from the 1980 western, The Long Riders were shot there.
As for the courier job, it’s a long ride for Curtis every day. He spends more than three hours behind the steering wheel, alone. Add in the time it takes to load and unload his courier vehicle at every one of the four GNTC campuses and it doesn’t take long to figure out that Curtis is no longer retired.
“I’ve known Dr. (Craig) McDaniel for years,” said Curtis. “He mentioned the opportunity as something I may want to look at and I’m glad I did. I really enjoy it.” Curtis and his wife, Linda, will be celebrating 49 years of marriage on September 4. They have three children and are closing in on grandchild number six.