Friends and family joined Gerry McLendon’s “36-year Retirement Celebration”
By Fran Farrer
CHARLOTTE, NC – Saturday, October 16, 2021, family, friends, and church members of Gerry McLendon gathered at Simpson-Gillespie United Methodist Church to help celebrate his 36-year retirement as a City of Charlotte employee.
The dinner-party was hosted by his immediate family, affectionately known to him as “My 3 girls,” wife, Tina, and daughters Bridget and Janel.
McLendon began his 36-year career in 1985 at the age of 18, and said he first applied because he knew he needed a job. His career began as a laborer, quickly moved to a brick mason, truck driver, and equipment operator. He shared he remained because he enjoyed helping people, and really appreciated it when city residents acknowledged his work ethics and said thank you, especially during times when they removed heavy snow and rainy days.
Even though he considered an earlier retirement, he remained because he liked what he did, and enjoyed the benefits.
Receiving public recognition, the street name sign, and plaque presented by the Mayor, Vy Liles, added volumes to his retirement celebration.
As a dedicated member of Simpson-Gillespie United Methodist Church where Reverend Darryl Dayson is pastor, it was the ideal location for the celebration. It is where he and wife Tina were married, and where he is actively involved serving in the following capacities: Church Trustee, Van Ministry Chair, Culinary Team member, Security Team member, and member of the Gospel Choir.