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Zzzzz Bedford County man takes detour from retirement to work as school mailman

Zzzzz Bedford County man takes detour from retirement to work as school mailman

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Robert Butler, 84, delivers mail to all Bedford County schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He has been the mail man for the school system since 1994, after he retired as a custodian at Thaxton Elementary School.

BEDFORD — At 84 years old, Robert Butler Sr. says the secret to a long and healthy life is getting proper rest, staying active, not getting too tired, lonely or hungry, and maybe eating a slice of cake every day.

“There’s no special kind. I’ll take any kind of cake I can get,” he joked.

As far as staying active, Butler has that covered.

He delivers all the mail to every public school in Bedford County every Tuesday and Thursday — driving around 350 miles a week.

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