When Nancy Hollar first started working for the Town of Yadkinville 46 years ago, she was the only administrative employee on staff.
“In 1965, Nancy did it all,” said town Manager Christopher Ong. “There was no town manager, no tax collector, no billing clerk - only Nancy.”
After almost half of a century of employment at the town of Yadkinville, Hollar is ready to retire. Her last day with the town of Yadkinville will be Dec. 31.
“It will be (bittersweet),” she said. “This is home.”
During her tenure at the town of Yadkinville, she worked for 10 mayors and 41 commissioners.
“I have worked for some really good board members,” she said.
Hollar recalls when she first began working at the town of Yadkinville, when the office was across town on Jackson Street.
“There’s really no comparison,” she said. “Everything I did when I started here I did with pen and paper. We had no computers. I had an old manual typewriter.”
She was also one of six employees and the only administrative employee in the office. The only other town employees were in public works or ran the garbage truck, she says. Today, she’s one of seven administrative employees.
Ong, the town manager, described Hollar as a “gracious lady” who always conducts herself with professionalism.
“Speaking on behalf of everyone past and present, it has been a pleasure to be associated with her,” Ong said.
The town has begun looking for a new town clerk, but Ong says it’s going to be hard to truly replace Hollar.
“You can never really replace 46 years of knowledge,” he said. “I go to her 10 or 11 times a day. She fills me in on what I need to know and knows where everything is.”
Yadkinville Mayor Hubert Gregory says, “She’s always been a pleasure to be around.”
Gregory said Hollar is extremely attentive to detail and “above reproach.”
Hollar says she looks forward to be able to relax and spend time reading novels or biographies, but she also plans to stop by and visit her colleagues after retiring.
“I will miss them,” she says.