Friends remember Deatsville postal worker killed in vehicle crash

MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - Beatrice Tatum will never forget her mail carrier, but more importantly, her friend Gloria Cleveland.  "When I got the call I was devastated. She made my life special by just being sweet and kind," said Tatum.

Cleveland spent her entire postal career, all 20 years and more with the Deatsville post office 7 miles north of Millbrook.

"We called her 'Glo' because she was always happy," said postmaster Sherry Worrell.

Cleveland was the mail carrier who didn't let dogs run her away rather she embraced them and delivered mail with a warm touch. She often left notes in mailboxes. Cleveland made 600 deliveries covering 60 miles per day.

"She always remembered my birthday and things like that," said Tatum.

Ms. Cleveland died on Cold Springs Road Monday morning. For some reason the mail carrier lost control of her '98 Ford Explorer and crashed on the other side of the road.

As to why this happened that part of the investigation is still unclear. Troopers say Cleveland was ejected from her vehicle and not wearing her seatbelt. Cleveland's funeral was held Wednesday in Millbrook.

Cleveland was 62 and friends and colleagues say she stamped her legacy as one of dedication to her customers, dedication with a smile.

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