TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - On Friday, a Tupelo city employee retired after 32 years of work as the grounds foreman.
"What he's worked so hard for," Willie Faye Harris Collier said. "We will be able to come together and be together 100 percent at home enjoying each other."
Just as his wife put it, that's what Johnny Tyrone Collier is looking forward to the most.
After serving 30 years as the grounds foreman, on Friday Collier spent his last day at work for the city of Tupelo. Collier said there's only one thing on his mind as he enters his retirement.
"We have more quality time to spend together," Collier said. "I haven't been with my family; I work every day. I haven't been with my family that long so we will have more quality time together."
Collier spent 32 years working with Parks and Recreation for Tupelo. On Friday coworkers' friends and family celebrated Collier for all the work he's done for the city.
"Tyrone is just full of energy, always comes to work, he's the last one to clock out and just an impeccable human being," director of Tupelo parks and recreation Alex Farned said. "We have been honored to have him with Park and Recreation for so long."
Although Collier thought his last day at work would be like a regular day, he had no idea the Mayor would send a proclamation to declare June 18 as Johhny Tyrone Collier day.
"He's worked and pushed forward to this moment," Colliers wife said. "And we are going to enjoy it. If you work and work after a while you can play."