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Husband, wife team takes pride in work

When one opens the door to Clays Mill Elementary School, the floors shine, the walls shine, from top to bottom the school is spotless.

And it’s all thanks to custodians Amos and Delois Farrar, whom the faculty and staff praise for their hard work.

“I take pride in my work. I love my job,” said Amos.

The job makes him happy, he added.

Being on the job since 1986, Amos has a “real nice day” coming into work at 11:30 a.m. and cleaning up after student accidents, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, cleaning walls and anything else that needs to be taken care of throughout the day until 8 p.m.

By the shine of the floors, one would never know that his least favorite part of the job is running the floor buffer.

Previously Amos had worked for six years at Daystrom Furniture before getting laid off and applying for the position at Clays Mill Elementary where he has been ever since.

“When I first started, someone got sick, and I hadn’t quite caught onto things yet, and I said, What in the world do I do?’ but I caught on real quick and just fell right on in,” said Amos.

Amos is joined by his wife of 39 years, Delois, who works by his side. She joins him from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

According to Amos, he and his wife have worked together as a “team” since she came to work at Clays Mill in 1990.

“She’s been by my side for 23 years. We work together as a team, and it makes the job a lot easier,” said Amos.

Amos said if he had the chance to change anything about the school system, he wouldn’t change anything. He enjoys working with the kids, and if he could tell the community and the parents anything, he’d just tell them that they have raised “some real nice kids.”

During his years as a custodian, always working at Clays Mill, he has worked under six principals, met several different “nice” faculty and staff, but the school itself hasn’t seen much change over the years.

When Amos and his wife are out on the town, he’ll see a familiar face every now and then, and he said although they’ve grown and are in their mid- 20s now “they still speak and recognize me.”

Amos and Delois reside in Halifax and have one son, Robert, and one granddaughter.

When asked of his future plans, Amos said he hadn’t thought anything about retiring.

“I love my job. I take pride in my job,” he concluded.