More than 20 mail trucks driven by U.S. Post Office carriers who serve Acworth and surrounding rural areas formed a procession May 5 that traveled along historic Main Street to honor Virginia Galvan. The Acworth resident, and rural postal carrier for more than 15 years, died in early May due to heart-related complications.
“Virginia Galvan was so loved by everyone,” said Becky Mattingly, a rural postal carrier for more than 27 years who helped organize the postal truck tribute. “We wanted to do something to honor her. She was just a great person who would help everybody, and she was loyal to her customers.”
Drivers assembled at a U.S. Post Office distribution center in Acworth and then traveled several miles through downtown to Georgia Funeral Care, where a service was being held for Galvan, 56. The trucks circled the block as a crowd watched from the front steps and sidewalk.
“She was always smiling and happy, and she never missed a day of work unless she was sick ,” added Mattingly. “She loved her family and lived for her grandchildren.”
Co-worker Chris Woernlein said Galvan “was a ray of sunshine with a beautiful soul and generous heart.”
April Kick, who also worked with Galvan, said, “Things are a little less brighter around here. She will be dearly missed.”
By Carla Caldwell, title editor of Around Acworth magazine