(WBIR - West Knox Co.) A West Knox County mail carrier said goodbye to his old route on Friday afternoon.
Neighbors at Old Westmoreland waited for Bob Beck to deliver their mail. They posted signs reading, "Thank you Bob for being our friend and loving our dogs" and placed balloons on their mailboxes.
"When you meet people and you know them this long, that's what it's all about," Beck said.
Beck has been on this route with the United States Postal Service (USPS) for seven years and has been with USPS for 15 years.
USPS recently changed routes, including Beck's.
"We love him. He's like family to us and it's just killing us but we know he'll be a blessing wherever he goes," said Penny Cole, a resident on Sherwood Drive.
On Saturday, Beck will begin his new residential route along Kingston Pike from Northshore to Papermill.
"We're going to miss him and the dogs particularly are going to miss him," said Joyce Tapscott, through tears.
Beck was well-known for giving treats to the neighborhood dogs during his route.
"We know when Bob's coming and if we got to the mailbox and Bob hasn't come, we just say to our dogs, 'I'm sorry. Bob didn't come today.' And they just turn around and walk away. They love Bob," Cole said.
Cole also mentioned that Beck would attend funerals when someone in the neighborhood died and would help those who were sick, as well.
"The customers I have, without them I wouldn't have a job and they're special. It's like they said before, it's like an extended family," Beck said.
Although Beck's residential route is changing, he will keep his commercial route.