Narron retires as Kenly parks, rec director

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KENLY — Following a 19-year career as director of parks and recreation, Tim Narron will be retiring in early March.

“I am a very fortunate man,” said Narron. “My wife Kelly and I have been married 32 wonderful years.” The couple has two children, Danielle, 30 and Janie, 23, who both work at Wilson Medical Center.

Narron said he’s lost a lot of friends in the last few years who never drew a retirement check and he did not want that to happen to him.

“I am at an age I can retire but I cannot quite afford to,” said Narron.

He will be 60 years old in March.

Narron said he plans to enjoy the grandchildren, Parker, 2 ½ and Wyatt, eight months.

“They had a lot to do with my decision to retire,” he said.

Narron said one of his hobbies has always been small engine repair and he plans to turn that into an occupation, along with partner Donnell Campbell, that will include repairing lawnmowers, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft and the like.

The business will be called Poppy’s after his grandchildren’s affectionate nickname for him.

Narron said his plans also include getting the bass population down in a pond located on his property and noted his wife likes to fish even more than he does.

Narron, originally from Black Creek, said his first job in recreation was in 1975 when he worked at the Westview Lanes bowling alley in Wilson where he also taught Atlantic Christian (now Barton) College freshmen how to bowl.

He later served as varsity girls softball coach at Wilson Christian School and taught tennis at the Wilson Recreation Center.

“Working in Kenly has been a wonderful experience for me,” said Narron. “While here, I have made some great memories and met some people who will be lifelong friends. My original intention was to stay here a couple of years — and that was 19 years ago.”

Narron said among the highlights of his stay in Kenly have been hosting the state Babe Ruth 13-and-under baseball tournament in 2003 and the state Babe Ruth 16-and-under baseball tournament in 2006.

“These were both big events in Kenly,” said Narron. “We filled up restaurants, filled up hotels and had some great baseball.”

Narron said one of his favorite memories was going to Wilson Tobs baseball games with his grandfather and another personal highlight was bowling a perfect 300 game in March of 1994.