Really late greeting arrives in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A Valentine sent to a Johnson City woman has arrived -- 11 years after it was sent and seven years after the death of the intended recipient.

The Johnson City Press reported the floral card was sent to June Sherfey, who taught for 40 years in Washington County schools before retiring. She died in 2002.

The greeting was sent from Fort Leavenworth, Kan., by the wife of Sherfey's son, Lt. Col. Lloyd Sherfey, who was stationed there in 1998 when the card was mailed.

Walter Sherfey now lives in the house where his mother formerly lived and said he still gets mail for her occasionally, but said the Valentine took him by surprise.

He commended the Postal Service for forwarding it -- after adding extra postage.


Information from: Johnson City Press,

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