Unmelodic mail

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) -- The mail must go on, but the melodies will stop.

Charles Thompson, Bluefield's ''Singing Mailman,'' has retired from the U.S. Postal Service after more than 33 years because recent knee surgery has hindered his ability to deliver mail.

Thompson is a member of the Scott Street Baptist Church choir and also sings mostly religious music at weddings and other events.

He once sang ''Happy Birth-day'' for a 90-year-old woman on his route.

''I can't deliver the mail on foot anymore,'' Thompson said. ''I'm not really looking forward to'' retirement, he said.

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