Brandon Elementary custodian retiring after 33 years of service

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - She knows every crevice of Brandon Elementary by heart and she has walked the halls of her school every day for 31 years, making sure everything is where it should be.

Eunice Thomas was there to open the doors to Brandon Elementary in 1982 and has been a fixture at the school ever since.

"I'm dedicated to my job," Thomas said. "I'm dedicated to my school. I just love people. Love kids. I'm just dedicated."

Thomas is the head custodian and she calls Brandon her baby and considers the students and staff her family.

"Well, you know work's supposed to be a fun place to be and they just my family and I just love everybody," she said.

Thomas opens the doors at 6 a.m. every day and patrols the halls maintaining the school by herself most of the day until the night crew comes on.
Principal Kathy Jost says "Miss Eunice" is Brandon Elementary.

"She comes on the weekends," Jost said. "She stays at night. If we need something she'll come and unlock the doors. She takes care of Brandon. She takes care of the teachers, the staff and the kids."

"I mean there's nothing that I wouldn't do for none of them," Thomas said. "They ask me to do something. I'm right there. I mean that's just the way I am."

The students respect Thomas and look forward to seeing her every morning.

"I mean I get hugs all day long," Thomas said. "I get hugs."

Thomas says the halls of Brandon are also full of pranksters, who like to remind her why she doesn't like snakes.

"There's a kid standing there with a snake around his neck," Thomas said. "I would scream. Scream. Scream. They did me like that so much. I should've quit then."

Thomas says retirement is bittersweet for her.

Staff at Brandon says it will be hard to fill Thomas' shoes and she will be greatly missed.

Thomas says her last day is July 31.

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