[caption id="attachment_68320" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2020\/07\/DSC_0643.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="472" class="size-full wp-image-68320" \/> Sheriff Jeff Barlow presents a plaque to Virginia Via Deputy commemorating her 35 years as a deputy in the Pocahontas County Tax Office. Her co-workers, Missy Sparks (l) and Tabbi Mann (r) organized a luncheon in her honor. \u201cIt\u2019s not going to be the same around here with her gone,\u201d Mann said. L.D. Bennett photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nLaura Dean Bennett\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nVirginia Via Deputy is retiring after working 35 years in the Pocahontas County Tax Office.\r\n\r\nDeputy\u2019s position was, appropriately enough, tax deputy, a job that she must have been plenty good at, as she did it part-time for 10 years and full-time for 25 years.\r\n\r\nTabbi Mann and Missy Sparks aren\u2019t looking forward to seeing Virginia go.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve worked with her for 23 years,\u201d Mann said. \u201cShe was good to work with. It\u2019s not going to be the same around here with her gone.\u201d \r\n\r\n\u201cShe was easy to work with, and we always got along so well,\u201d Sparks agreed.\r\n\r\n\u201cVirginia can be super funny,\u201d Mann noted. \u201cOne thing about Virginia \u2013 she can\u2019t hear unless she has her glasses on.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd I guess that\u2019s rubbed off on me,\u201d Sparks said, laughing. \u201cNow I\u2019m the same way.\u201d \r\n\r\n\u201cAnother thing about Virginia,\u201d Mann said, \u201cshe dearly loves her family.\r\n\r\nDeputy has a son, John Deputy, a self-employed logger who lives in the county and has two sons.\r\n\r\nHer daughter, Dr. Jennifer Beverage, also has two sons. Jennifer worked as a physician in Marlinton before joining the Air Force. She is now an Air Force physician at the Pentagon.\r\n\r\nDeputy, who lives in Clover Lick, loves spending time with her grandsons, who range in age from six to 16.\r\n\r\nShe also loves to tool around on her side-by-side, so there may be a fair amount of that in her future. But Deputy has one activity planned for sure.\r\n\r\nWhen asked what she plans to do after her retirement, Deputy answered most definitely \u2013\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m going to clean my house.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThe three of us have been pretty tight over the years,\u201d Mann said. \u201cWe\u2019ve always been there for each other, and we\u2019re really going to miss her.\u201d\r\n\r\nHer co-workers organized an elaborate lunch last Friday, complete with a \u201cfarewell cake\u201d baked by Rayetta Barnisky.\r\n\r\nThey invited Deputy\u2019s family and her courthouse family to join them in saying goodbye and good luck to Deputy as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.