The hours were long, the stress increased and each day was a struggle and a worry.
Budgets were cut, staffing was sliced and there were constant debates, disagreements, decisions and discussions.
But Jackie Decell decided to retire as the executive director of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for one simple reason.
"I think the best way to say why I decided to retire is that I'm waaay past retirement age," she said. "And that's a kind way of saying I'm old."
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And the 72-year-old laughed, having made the announcement Thursday morning in the Hall's rotunda with staff, family, a few Hall authority members, a Macon City Councilman and friends of the organization.
The Hall released a statement on Tuesday that there would be a news conference regarding the future of the organization, and Decell called each member of the authority to give them the news.
When it was reported Wednesday afternoon on macon.com and then in Thursday's Telegraph that the news conference would be to announce her eventual retirement, news spread.
"I just got a phone call about 10 minutes ago from Larry Mize," she said of the Hall member and pro golfer from Augusta. "How many people get to say that?"
Recently retired Northside head football coach Conrad Nix, an authority member, attended, as did Macon City Councilman Mike Cranford.The retirement is effective at the end of April, and Decell will immediately begin spending more time with her four children and 10 grandchildren.
For more on the story, check back later to macon.com or read Friday's Telegraph