Lee County thanks retirees for 320+ years of service

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A.B. Dilworth knows there’s a “honey-do” list with his name on it.
Dilworth is one of 12 Lee County Schools employees who will retire at the end of the current school year.
The retirees, who have combined for more than 320 years of experience, were honored Tuesday at a reception before the district’s school board meeting.
Dilworth has done maintenance work at Shannon High School for 20 years. He’s also driven a school bus for the district.
Although he’s retired, his wife has plans for him to continue using the same skill set he employed on the grounds of Shannon High School.
“I’ll be cutting the yard, trimming the hedges and doing repairs around the house,” Dilworth said.
If that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Dilworth plans to drive the bus for the vocational students, “to get energized and keep me young.”
Sheryl Lott is retiring after 32 years of working with special education students. For the last seven years, she has been the district’s assistant special education director.
“I will miss working with my colleagues each day and communicating with the special education teachers,” Lott said.
She plans to do some part-time work, but also looks forward to making scrap books, learning to quilt and spending time with her granddaughter, who turns 4 in June.
Another retiree, Jacqueline Wood, has spent 34 years as an educator, including the last 30 at Shannon Elementary.
“I will remember the kids I’ve taught over the years,” she said. “It’s been all kinds, and I’ve had a great experience with all of them.”
She’ll volunteer to help students as needed. She’ll also spend lots of time with her 2-year-old grandson, Jabari Woods.
“That’s my heart,” she said.

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.