Historic Downtown Post Office will never be the same without Debbie McCullough

By Karen Thompson
Features Reporter
August 18, 2021

Debbie McCullough, will say farewell at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 25 on the steps of the historic Post Office.

Fernandina Beach will say farewell to one of downtown’s most popular people, Debbie McCullough, at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 25 on the steps of the historic Post Office where she has worked for 28 years.

Debbie grew up in Ohio. She started her career with the U.S. Post Office in 1979, first as a rural carrier, then as a clerk. She left work for ten years to raise her three children.

Over the years at the Centre Street Post Office, Debbie, who commutes from Hilliard each day, has drawn many fans. Her favorite part of her job is her “customers who are like family.” She also loves working in an exceptionally beautiful, historic building.

Debbie has had a few famous customers; the most noteworthy were John Travolta and Selma Hayek who were in town filming the movie “Lonely Hearts” and James Gandolfini better known as Tony Soprano.

In her much-deserved retirement she wants to visit the National Parks. Her favorite pastimes are camping and hiking. She will also enjoy spending more time with her five grandchildren.

When asked what she will miss the most, she said her customers. And the feeling is mutual. Here are a just a few of the notes she has received.

*“I will miss her. We chatted about my mom, who retired from the Post Office at the age of 80. I drove from the south end of the island to downtown just because she’s so awesome.”

*“I used to work downtown and took mail to her every day. I took my children to see her. She’s the sweetest lady and deserves to retire but she will be missed by many.”

*“I said years ago that they should build a statue of Deb outside the Post Office holding a priority mail box. She’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.”

Others describe her as the glue of the downtown Post Office, always eager to help with a smile and pleasant attitude, a wonderful part of our community.

I’d like to share one more meaningful testimony. “Deb is an awesome lady. From boot camp to 2 tours in Afghanistan she helped me send hundreds of boxes to my son who was in the Marines. Thanks for your great service Deb.”

The August 25 farewell is open to all. Please bring cards, signs and balloons. For further information, email Emily Carmain at [email protected].

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Patricia Taylor
Patricia Taylor(@navymom09)
2 years ago

Oh, no! Say it isn’t so… a “part-timer”, I am not on-island till September and will miss the tribute to the brightest star (sorry PJD) to grace Centre Street. “Debbie’s place” is a destination I would pedal down from Old Town often to enjoy. Everyone reveled in her energy and sunny banter as we waited on line. It was fun & uplifting to hear and, when it came my turn, I was her sole concern, whether I was shipping something to the ends of the earth or searching for Bugs Bunny, Superhero, or some other special commemorative stamps. She will be missed by her huge fan club. All the best and happy road trips, girl!! God bless.

Deborah Kessler
Deborah Kessler (@guest_62136)
2 years ago

Debbie, I know I’m one of many who will miss you, but I’m so glad retirement day has come. I’m happy to know that you will be hiking, camping, grandmothering, and having time to do whatever YOU choose everyday! I always looked forward to seeing you at the post office. You always took time to help, no matter what was needed. You gave our community a special “community” feel. Thank you and best wishes. EnJOY!

Lyn Pannone
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Lyn Pannone(@lyn-pannone)
2 years ago

Debbie, you will be missed! Enjoy retirement and thank you for being such a bright spot in Fernandina.

Sherri Sapp
Sherri Sapp (@guest_62137)
2 years ago

Deb, we will miss you!!!! You’re fantastic and add a joy to our day 🙂

Chris Hadden
Chris Hadden (@guest_62141)
2 years ago

Deb, sorry I can’t be there for the send off. My winter won’t be the same without you. Thanks for the great service throughout the years. I’m jealous you will be free… and I will still be working away. You deserve it though, best of luck on your new path.

Chris from Vermont.

Madena Chandler
Madena Chandler (@guest_62142)
2 years ago

I don’t know anyone who deserves to enjoy retirement more than Miss Debbie. She has been a real treasure, not only for the Post Office but for downtown Fernandina. Best wishes, Debbie!

Jami Rowland
Jami Rowland (@guest_62153)
2 years ago

Miss Debbie, I have known you most all of my life. You have always been amazing. I hope you enjoy every second of your retirement because you deserve everything your heart desires!! I love you and wish you all the happiness in the world!!♥️♥️♥️

❤️, Jami

Barton Wiles
Barton Wiles (@guest_62155)
2 years ago

My late dad from Ohio thought the world of you. Dwight IKE Wiles. Happy retirement Deb. Enjoy yourself.