Sometimes memories from a career you loved are those that stick with you the longest, even when others fade. Fred Armstrong drove for Central Hauling for years, even earning the two-million-mile jacket he still wears while Alzheimer’s makes it harder for him to keep memories alive.
CalArk and Central Hauling employees still remember him well, too, saying he could be rough around the edges while getting to know you but was, as Kathy “Jack” Jackson in our Company Store remembers, “just the sweetest man you’ve ever met.”
When Zuriel Armstrong, Fred’s son, called and left a message with CalArk with what he thought might be “an odd request” for a Central Hauling hat to give his dad for Christmas, he said he “figured that was that.”
But a few minutes later, Jack (whose description as “an enthusiastic lady” surprises none of those who have noticed her friendly nature and kind heart) called back. She remembered Fred and left more than one hat with Tabitha at the front desk for Zuriel to pick up.
Zuriel contacted us via the website to say, “What a great statement it is about your company. It truly warmed my heart to know there are still good, honest, American companies that care about their employees.”
Bobby McElyea, the General Manager for Central Hauling, received the message. He responded with memories of Zuriel and his respect for Fred’s children while they were there for him during his retirement and transition, saying, “We surely miss him. I am glad to hear that he still thinks of us and is keeping his memories alive about his experiences here.”
We could easily say exactly what Zuriel said about Central: it’s heart-warming that there are still good, honest drivers who care enough to work hard for us and their families. We wish Fred and his sons all the best. Thanks for letting us share in your story!