• O’Neal retires after 40-plus years with city
By Jim Wallace, Correspondent

Michael O’Neal was presented a television by Chuck Cason, superintendent for the gas department. Photo by Jim Wallace, Correspondent.

A longtime City of Thomson employee was honored with a retirement luncheon Friday.
Nearly 100 attended the event for Michael “Mike” O’Neal at the Thomson Box Factory.
O’Neal, retired after 40 years with the city in the water department as a utilities supervisor for 14 years and as the welder for the gas department for 26 years.
Chuck Cason, superintendent for the gas department, saluted O’Neal for his service.
“Folks, this is 40 years and three months of dedicated service to the City of Thomson and fellow workers,” he said, adding that he thought O’Neal was the epitome of dedication. “You loved your job and it showed and has shown for the entire time you have been here.”
O’Neal served under four mayors: William Leverett, Wilson Hawes, Bob Knox, Jr., and Kenneth Usry. He also worked for four city administrators, Robert Flanders, Steve Szablewski, Burton Patrick and Don Powers.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., Oct. 2, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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