Three decades of service: Longtime Times-Gazette employee retires

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Marsha Addessi (left) says goodbye to T-G office manager Becky McBee.
T-G Photo by Dawn Hankins

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. (Winston Churchill)

Times-Gazette employee Marsha Addessi expressed Friday that it's surreal to be retired. She fondly remembered how nervous she was 30 years ago interviewing with the late publisher Franklin Yates.

"He was such a nice person to work with," says Addessi. "David and Nina Gay Segroves took over after him. You couldn't have asked for a better working environment."

Marsha Addessi was surprised during her retirement reception Friday by daughter Melissa Edwards; son Tim Edwards; and granddaughters Kaitlyn Edwards Haag and Kathryn Edwards.
T-G Photo by Dawn Hankins

Addessi's co-workers at the T-G wished her well Friday with a retirement celebration. Retired publisher William Mitchell was among those in attendance.

Happy memories

Addessi remembers the business over the years at the T-G. She thinks fondly of those days when elderly men used to wait in the lobby to get their papers hot off the press.

"We got to love them. It was like seeing your dad or mom sitting out there. They would just come in and joke with everybody up front."

One of her greatest mentors, she says, was Wilene Sanders Bomar, who retired as associate publisher in 2004. She also expresses a lot of heartfelt appreciation to current office manager Becky McBee.

"Becky has taken care of all of us girls," notes Addessi.

Addessi says she's seen a lot of changes, like the day the paper, which used to operate an office supply store, emptied its front shelves of paper clips and binders.

After a few years in front office work, she ventured over to the circulation department.

"Anybody that has been in circulation a while understands how hard it is to do your job and make the subscribers happy," she said. "Sometimes situations happen where it doesn't work either way. But you always do your job."

Addessi eventually moved into accounts receivable. Technology and new office practices have also changed that job, she notes.'

Years of success

On Friday, prior to her celebration, Addessi finished her last batch of monthly statements. With the exception of a few years when she left to work for Dr. Charles Stimpson, she has been a part of the T-G family most all her adult life.

"I couldn't stand it. I just had to come back."

Addessi notes there's a sense of pride in working at a newspaper. She says seeing the edition in print and knowing she had a part has been fulfilling.

She's had a lot of family involvement in the newspaper as her parents, the late Tim and Helen Marsh, wrote a Bedford County history column for many years. Addessi's daughter, Melissa Edwards, now writes that column.

As for her retirement, she plans to invest more time in her hobby of painting with diamonds. Addessi explains the technique includes placing tiny dots on a canvas until it creates a picture.

"It's real relaxing and calms your nerves. It would probably drive some people crazy. But since I'm a detailed person, it's perfect for me."

Future plans

Marsha also plans to spend more quality time with her husband, Al, who has already retired. In addition to her daughter, Addessi has a son, Tim Edwards, who lives in Nashville with wife, LaDonna. The retirees speaks fondly of her two granddaughters, Kaitlyn Haag and Kathryn Edwards, who is engaged to Jonathan St. Vincent.

She was sad but shed no tears in the office on Friday. The T-G veteran notes to make her transition out easier, she began working part-time.

"It's the way to do it. It's not a shock . . . one day and I'm gone. I've gradually gotten used to the difference, so it is not as much a shock."

Her co-workers, however, will still miss her.