Get to Know Us

We are very proud of our work campers and the fabulous jobs they all do at CREEKWOOD FARM RV PARK. It takes a team to make our park the success that it is, and we want to share all about “us” with you.  

Our next work camper is a lady that we’re certain never sleeps. Stacey Wood works full time as a nurse and 20 hours a week in the office. Get to Know Stacey…

Stacey Yon Wood was born at the Mills Clinic in Prosperity, SC on December 23rd in a year long ago…She grew up in a tiny farming community in Aiken County South Carolina, called New Holland. Her parents, one brother, (nick-named “Skeebo” by their Papa) & extended family still live there. Stacey graduated with honors from Wagener-Salley High School and attended USC-Aiken Technical College where she earned her LPN diploma. Stacey is married to Russ aka “Viking Dad” whom she met on in 2007. She knew the day she finally met Russ in person that he was the man she was meant to spend the rest of her life with. They eloped to Pigeon Forge, TN & got married in a log chapel on a mountainside. The only two witnesses were a biker preacher and a very hung-over wedding photographer. After the ceremony she noticed her birth-date was wrong on the marriage license, so it was back to town hall to fix it. They just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary, which Russ can never claim to forget because it is tattooed on his chest, just above his heart, Awwwww…
Together they have two children, their son Brett lives in Gaston, SC and works at Amazon. Their daughter Abbie Grace lives in Iowa and is a full-time mommy to their adorable grandson, Oliver Jude. Abbie and her fiance’ Matthew, are moving to Oklahoma in July so Stacey will be racking up lots of frequent flyer miles! Stacey went back to school at Midlands Tech in Columbia, SC and became an RN after being an LPN for 14 years. She has been an emergency dept RN for 10 years and earned her National Certification on 6/25/18. Along with working 20 hours a week in the office, Stacey also works as a traveling RN, working in different emergency dept’s for the past 3.5 years. Her assignments have taken her to Sarasota, FL, which she said is the most beautiful place she has ever visited. She currently works in the tiny Angel Medical Center in Franklin NC. Her assignments last from 4-13 weeks at a time, with extensions frequently being offered. Russ retired from his 27 year radio career in 2015 to go on the road with her. She bought their 2010 Palomino Thoroughbred Elite camper, called Russ, told him to bring his truck, get the towing package installed, pick it up and they began their full time RV’ ers lifestyle. They prefer long-term “stays” because they almost end up getting a divorce every time they have to back the camper in somewhere new. They first came to Creekwood Farm in April 2017 as guest’s. She knew it was a place they would like when their friendly neighbor put down his beer to help get them into their site properly. Stacey began work-camping, cleaning cabins, in June 2017. When her two job schedules clashed (and a crazy lady that talks about Bon Jovi, threatened to slash her tires if she tried to leave,) Stacey moved to the office to work. She works two jobs, helps with park activities and is now studying to earn her Emergency Pediatric & Trauma Care Nursing certifications. Her favorite thing about workcamping is doing all she can to make every guest feel like family (and by family, she means your sweet aunt, not the brother-in-law you hope doesn’t show up for Thanksgiving). Stacey is excited about helping to add kid crafts and more family friendly events here at CWF. She said the laundry tokens are a plus since she LOVES doing laundry. In her spare time (where she finds that at is amazing) she enjoys reading, doing Sudoku puzzles and online gaming (send her a life in Candy Crush or Bubble Witch Saga and she will love you forever.) Russ bought them new bikes for their anniversary, so she is pedaling around the park. Her fellow workcampers have a pool going about how long it takes for her to end up in the ER from wearing flip flops & bike riding. Stacey has a 5 year goal plan of earning her Master’s Degree in Nursing Informatics. To use the bedside skills & knowledge she’s acquired over the course of her career to use metrics to improve nursing care and help build intuitive electronic medical records systems. Asking what the most daring thing she has ever done is kind of unfair, considering what she does for a living. Don’t ask her “what is the worst thing you have ever seen as an ER nurse”, she doesn’t want to talk about it anymore than you REALLY want to hear the gruesome details! Her sarcastic sense of humor has helped her survive some pretty brutal 12 hour shifts in the ER. Stacey said if she didn’t find something to laugh at, she would probably cry the 12 hours away at the ER. One thing for certain about Stacey is when she’s your friend, she is a true & devoted friend. One you can call on at midnight when your husband is recovering from gallbladder surgery, develops a bleed and she responds in her pj’s, nurse first aide kit in hand and fixes him up!

Allow me to introduce you to our newest work campers Mr. & Mrs. Shaun & Joyce O’Neill. They are our newest team members on the Cleaning Crew and responsible for cleaning the cabins and the park model. Now Get To Know the O’Neill’s.  When you meet Shaun and Joyce, you know right away that Shaun is a jokester & Joyce is a very patient lady! Shaun grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and graduated from Pittsfield High School. Joyce grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia and graduated from Cradock High School in Portsmouth. They were married at the Norfolk Naval Station in 1969. Shaun retired from the military and worked as a refrigerator technician. Joyce worked at a computer assembly factory and also raised her family. They have 3 son’s that live with their families in Alabama, Georgia & Oregon. Shaun & Joyce are not only grandparents but great grandparents, to five grandchildren and 2 1/2 great grand’s, with 1 due soon. They retired to Pensacola, Florida where they also have a home. They started work camping in 2004 and have worked in Virginia, Oregon, Florida, California and their last work camping job was at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. They travel & live in their 35 foot Cedar Creek fifth wheel. Joyce said their favorite vacation spot is in Melbourne Florida where they enjoy staying with their friends in a beach cottage. Shaun enjoys fishing, reading and traveling. Joyce said her hobbies are reading, gardening and talking on the phone to her children. They enjoy traveling, spending time with family & friends and making new memories as they travel abroad. They put a lot of time, effort, pride and delight in their duties of cleaning and making the cabins shine. We are grateful to have them join us and look forward to a great season with them as a part of our Creekwood Farm family.

Our next work camper we are getting to know is Maintenance worker Zack. Zachery Tucker Downs was born on December 29th 1997 at Mission Hospital in Asheville NC. He is our youngest work camper and we all call him Zack. He is a kind and easy going young man with a warm smile and focused determination for his future. Zack grew up here in Haywood County and graduated from Tuscola High School. He has a younger brother Isaac who is 17 years old and another brother Ian who is a twin to his sister Chloe. They live in Duncan South Carolina with his parents. Zack and his beautiful wife Rachel, who is also from Haywood County were married in the Cataloochee Chapel on April 8, 2016. They have two fur babies, a Corgi dog named Ally and a cat named Jazz.
Zack loves to go hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. Both Zack and Rachel work at Mission Hospital on the night shift. Zack is a floor tech and was working at the hospital before he started work camping. Rachel works in the hospital food service division. Zack isn’t a big fan of cooking but loves to eat and his favorite food is a Reuben sandwich. By the looks of his tall, slim frame he handles eating very well!
His favorite vacation spot is in Wyoming. The most daring and amazing thing he has done in his young 20 years of life was go zip lining in Nicaragua. He said the place definitely didn’t have the regulations that the United States has and he thought the place was really sketchy.
This is Zack’s first time being a work camper and he does a great job at Creekwood Farm. Zack & Rachel live full time in their Jayco 22 foot travel trailer. They have a goal to build a house on some property in Haywood County. The thing Zack likes the most about work camping is how nice everyone has been to him, the family atmosphere and the willingness to help one another. Zack is the Maintenance work camper that has carried us through the last few months of the cold winter weather. The thing he dislikes the most is working at the hospital and at Creekwood, leaves very little time for them to take trips and adventures. However his positive outlook on life is that it’s all ok for now because it will all happen for them in the future. Get to know Zack Downs, a member of our Maintenance & Grounds team. He is our youngest work camper, however don’t let his youthful age fool you. He has a lot of maturity with an old soul and works hard at all he does.

Our next work camper we are “Getting To Know” is Lisa Bieller, a part of our office team. One word to describe Lisa is “mover” after reading this article I’m sure you will understand why.   Lisa Marie Dailey was born in Wilmington, Delaware lived in Townsend, DE until she was six years old. She then moved to Lithia Springs Florida. She lived there for two years then moved back to Middletown, DE. She then moved back to Wilmington where she finished school at John Dickinson High. Lisa has an older sister, a younger brother, her mother, several nieces & nephews that all live in Delaware. Lisa is a newly wed bride, she married Chuck Bieller on May 15th, 2017. They are the perfect match and combination for one another. Lisa is a proud step mother to Carley her smart, sweet and beautiful step daughter. Carley is at the top of her college class studying to become an RN and on the deans list. They have one fur baby, Grizzly their 10 pound Ossey/Domestic Cat, also know as the Creekwood Feline.
Before becoming a work camper Lisa worked for Transcore/Roper, a company that runs EZ-Pass and the camera system for Automatic Toll Machines & Main Toll Facilities for the State of Delaware. Lisa over saw the Call Center, Commercial department and the Research and Adjustment department for 10 years. Her employees would refer to her as “Warden Dailey”. She said this was because she was all about getting work done first and then they could play. Lisa loves anything that involves the outdoors; fishing, boating, hunting, canoeing, gardening, motorcycle riding etc. She enjoys doing crossword puzzles when she finds the time. Her favorite food is a great ribeye steak and anything Italian. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of trying her Mac & Cheese you know it is the best you will ever taste! Lisa loves to travel, and will go exploring where ever & whenever she has the chance. She said the most challenging thing she has done in her life time so far, is driving an eighteen wheel tractor trailer. She drove a 1996 Peter Built flat bed, hauling lumber for Home Depot in Maryland. Her boldest feat so far is a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon. Lisa has been at Creekwood Farm for two years now. Her first year she was in housekeeping and kept the bathhouse, Rec hall & cabins sparkling clean. She now works in the office and loves it here. They have been fulltime RV’ers in their 2014 Flagstaff travel trailer the past four years. Lisa & Chuck are looking for unrestricted property here in North Carolina so they can have an organic vegetable garden, chickens and goats for a mini farm. I asked Lisa if she could have dinner with any one person dead or alive, who would it be? “My Nona (Grandmother) for I miss her very much!”
One thing you walk away thinking after meeting Lisa is there is more to her than what meets the eye.

The next work camper we are Getting to Know is the cleaning duo (husband & wife team) Gary & Nancy Chandler. Now Get to Know Us!   When you see Nancy cleaning the bath house you don’t have to look far to find her side-kick, Gary, probably cleaning the Rec hall or laundry room. The Chandler Cleaning Duo have been together most of their lives. Both were born in 1950 and raised in Medina Ohio. Both graduated from Medina High School in 1968 and are true Ohio Buckeye College fans. They have been happily married almost 50 years. They have 2 sons that are married and they have blessed them with 4 granddaughters.
Gary served his country in the U.S. Army, then worked as a cost accountant controller for Rubbermaid and a pharmaceutical company. He finally retired in 2013. Nancy was an Adult Services Provider for individuals with special needs. Nancy retired in 2015. They have lived all over the world, in Germany, Ohio, Indiana & North Carolina and love to travel. They have returned to Europe several times in the last few years along with trips to Costa Rica & Paris being top vacation locations. They recently sold their family home on the coast of North Carolina and bought a condo in Ohio. Nancy said she will miss sitting by their pool drinking a margarita while Gary did his wood working hobby in the garage. They plan to spend the summer months in Ohio where their children & grandchildren are at. They work the winter months at Creekwood Farm while living in their Presidential 5th wheel. This is their first time ever being work campers. They vacationed here last winter, loved it so much they decided to stay and work. Nancy admits they were both work-a-holics and it has taken some time getting use to being retired and live what she calls a “boring life”.
Nancy is an 11 year breast cancer survivor and always has a smile to offer anyone she meets. Gary is a smart man with a gentle demeanor, willing to help whenever needed. They enjoy trying out local breweries and different flavors of beer & ale. Nancy said the best thing about being a work camper is meeting new people and making new friends, to the point it feels like their other family here in the park.
To sum it up they are a great couple, almost joined at the hip. They represent loyalty, dedication and true love for others. They keep the bathhouse sparkling clean, sanitized and will do any task asked of them. The next time you use the laundry room, take a hot shower in the bath house or sit down to read & relax in the Rec hall, look around at how clean it is; then say “Thank You” to the Chandler Creekwood Cleaning Duo for a job well done!

Our 9th work camper we are getting to know is from our maintenance team. Michael William “Bill” Smith was born in Adrian, Michigan on November 10th, 1951. Bill grew up in southern California and went to four different high schools, and graduated in June 1969. He lived in California until he was about 29, including living on Alcatraz Island from 1957-1961. He crossed the San Francisco Bay just to go to school. He married his easy going & kind wife Delores, “Dee” on May 13, 2011. Between them they have five children and 13 grand children. His main occupation in life was being a “Jar Head” in the United States Marine Corps. Bill served 15 years active duty &15 years as a reservist. Always Faithful Semper Fi, the Marine Corps birthday is also November 10th, so it was his destiny. An interesting fact about his life is he has traveled to 23 different countries. Bill is a combat Veteran from Desert Shield/Storm. After his military service he worked as a Sheriff Deputy in Harris County Georgia. He worked in Corrections for the Federal Government, the State of Georgia & Texas. One wouldn’t believe the people that he has met, most of them famous for being evil. From Charles Manson, Lynnette Fromme; of the manson gang,Timothy Leary, Eldridge Cleaver of the Black Panthers and Sara Jane Moore; who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Bill owned a construction company for several years and finally retired as a bail bondsman enforcement agent. Since becoming a work camper Bill worked at West Point Lake, part of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The lake spans parts of Alabama & Georgia, in LaGrange Georgia. His main hobby is spending time with Delores, he feels they are joined at the hip. They enjoy traveling, riding their motorcycle and being with their two fur babies “Bailey & Gizzie”. Bill like’s to hunt, fish, play poker, and read. It would be extremely hard to say one particular thing daring or adventurous that he has done with his adventurous background. He said he has taken life, given life and saved life. Bill & Dee are “full timers” living in their 2013 Sportsman travel trailer for the last four years. They look forward to a quiet, drama-less life as much as possible. As for a particular & favorite vacation spot, Bill said he can’t name just one, as each place he has traveled has been exciting an memorable. His favorite part of being a work camper is meeting people and viewing the fantastic RV’s. As for the least favorite thing about it he said he can’t think of anything he doesn’t like about it, he enjoys it all.  

THE 8TH WORK CAMPER WE ARE GETTING TO KNOW IS OFFICE WORKER MR. TOM BECKER. TOM AND HIS FUR-BABY LILY ARE TRAVELING BUDDIES, WE INTRODUCE YOU TO TOM.                                                                                                             The work camper selected for this edition of “Get To Know Us” is Mr. Nathan “Tom” Becker. Tom is known as the “Analysis Gentleman” in the park. This comes from his gentle disposition while the analyst in him will examine everything to “fix” it. Tom was born in Boulder Colorado with his birth delivery assisted by his aunt who was an RN. Had it of been a few hours later he would of been an Independence 4th of July baby. Every year there after his family would celebrate his birthday with fireworks. He grew up in a small Kansas town, attended Plainville Rural High School, where he played football for a couple of years. He dabbled in playing golf for awhile but soon realized his real interest was becoming a Ham Radio Operator. He took the course and passed the test for the Amateur Extra Class to become a licensed Ham Operator. Tom attended Kansas University for a couple years then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. Once enlisted he began improving on his technical skills and went to Electronic Technician School. He then taught at the USCG Basic Electronics School for a couple years and finished out his enlistment in New Jersey on the Cutter Yakutat. After finishing his military service he worked several more jobs in the electronic field. He found his calling at the University of New Mexico Data Center, and retired from the data center about 10 years ago. Tom and his late wife Kris, who passed away last year, raised two daughters. One lives in Rio Rancho NM and the other lives in Dallas TX. Tom has 4 grandchildren, 2 girls and 2 boys that he is very proud of. The Becker family started out camping in a tent, then a pop-up camper, and on to a travel trailer. Tom now calls his 38′ 2002 Mountainaire Motorhome his home on wheels. Keeping the motorhome in perfect condition and caring for Lily, his 11 yr old Bichon furbaby are two very important factors in his life. This is his first time being a work camper and after making the 1500 mile trip to NC Tom says he is happy with his decision to move east. Tom is a member of the Office team. He said that being here has made him very happy and that he loves the people, mountains and scenery. He always thought his favorite vacation spot was the Colorado mountains but now feels that the Great Smoky Mountains are rivaling them. His favorite part of being a work camper is meeting new people from all over the nation. His least favorite thing was when he first got to CWF and did a month working in Maintenance, he had to operate the weed trimmer in the heat. His favorite food is anything chocolate and New Mexican chicken enchiladas with locally grown green chili peppers. Cooking is not his favorite thing unless it is microwaveable or it involves making a dessert. His most vivid memory of his RV lifestyle was from a stuck fuel relay. It caused the engine to fill up with a hydrogen & oxygen mixture. When he turned the key to start the engine, KABOOM! The explosion blew off the oilpan and shot a fireball out from underneath the RV. After is was all over with in a “flash” and then waiting a week for repairs he completed his journey to California. For Tom & Lily it isn’t just a hobby but a full time lifestyle that cant be matched.  

Our 7th work camper we are Getting to Know is Dan Randolph a member of the park Maintenance Team. Dan is a tall glass of water with a lot of interesting things going through his head. Now meet Dan the Man.

Tell us about YOU! I was born in Williston, North Dakota in April of 1979. I haven’t actually grown up yet, but grew up mostly all over the Western region. I have a very needy but loving mother, a father that lives in Wyoming. I have two older brothers, they both work in law enforcement. My real family are those I have met along my life travels and work! In high school I would mainly get in trouble for being the class clown and not turning in homework. The curriculum material was not interesting or challenging to me. My main occupation was a Compression Engineer in the oilfield. I designed & worked on the engines that run the drilling rigs in the oilfield. It was based out of North Dakota, but I worked in nearly every state that has ever pumped oil. I owned several diesel performance & repair shops. I’m still a day-trader on the stock market and manage investment accounts for many others. I’ve never been a work camper before, never even considered it until I got bored being retired too early. My favorite vacation spot is The Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC. It’s what led me to CWF and is now my permanent vacation spot! My hobbies and ways to pass the time when not working is Day-trading stocks, blessing others, campfires and cigars! (not always in that order) Movies I can watch over and over are, Tombstone, Anchorman, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Shawshank Redemption! My favorite colors are all shades of gray, blues and black. Italian is my favorite food and I LOVE to cook! (Love me some Southern food lately). Im not a fan of any sports, there is no money in it for me and it doesn’t help me help other people. If I could have dinner again with any one person it would be my best friend, Nicole. I lost her 7 years ago to breast cancer, I’d love to see her again. The most daring thing I’ve ever done was going 231mph on a turbo-charged motorcycle, race bike on the open highway in North Dakota. At this point in my life, I don’t think I would do it again, but I can’t rule it out. My favorite thing about work camping is staying somewhat busy while not feeling like I have a job, and the people here are great. My least favorite thing is not having enough to do some weeks because Calvin and Dave do it all.  My RV is a brand new (cheap) 36ft pull behind Salem by Forrest River. If I could change one thing about the economy today, I would change education back to what it use to be. The future generations would start changing the economy for themselves. We all thrive when we all contribute. I have 5 tattoos and they all have deep meaning to me. The foremost being “LOVE-HARD” on my knuckles. It is my life moto that I live by. We all work hard, live hard and play hard. However do we love people with the same conviction? Love hard is giving people what they need and not what they want. If it cost us then it’s not love! The other tattoos represent my deep belief in Jesus and a few others that would take too long to explain and have a meaning that only I would understand. Everyone wants to know about “The Beard”. I started growing the beard back in Nov of 2014 and have not shaved it since. It took two years to grow it to the level it is now but I keep it trimmed and well groomed so it will not grow much more. It gets a little fuller in the winter months, and NO I would not ever consider shaving it. My beard represents freedom and the fact that I am beholden to no one. There is never a level at which a beard can be long enough!


Our 6th work camper we are Getting To Know is our Office Manager & Activity Planner Taletha “Tee” Capps. Tee does a little bit of everything around the park. Enjoy this humorous interview conducted by another work camper Mr. Russ Wood getting to know Tee.                                                                             Taletha, The​ ​Interview!  ​Just​ ​a​ ​bunch​ ​of​ ​questions​ ​that​ ​popped​ ​into​ ​Russ’​ ​twisted​ ​mind. Official​ ​Disclaimer:​ This​ ​was​ ​done​ ​not​ ​only​ ​to​ ​recognize​ ​another​ ​hardworking​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the Creekwood​ ​Team,​ ​but​ ​as​ ​an​ ​exercise​ ​in​ ​humor​ ​and​ ​levity.                                       Taletha,​ ​is​ ​an​ ​unusual​ ​name, does​ ​it​ ​have​ a special ​meaning or​ ​​did​ ​they​ ​catch​ ​Mama​ ​while​ ​she​ ​was​ ​still​ ​groggy? It was given to me by my father. He was a prison warden, and had a lady visit her son in prison. He seen her sign the visitor log as “Talitha”. Daddy found the spelling of Talitha in the bible, (Mark 5:41) changed the I to an E and Taletha was born! Tell us about yourself. I was born 3/25/65 at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville NC, just 45 minutes from here. I’m an only child a tarheel tomboy & daddy’s girl. I graduated from West Henderson High School and lived in Hendersonville until 1985. My ex-husband was military and the Air Force moved us to Spokane WA. My daughter Jamie was born in Spokane in 1988, she now lives in Jacksonville FL. The USAF then transferred us back south to Warner Robins Georgia. Cross country trips thanks to Uncle Sam, got to love it!  My son Jordan was born in Georgia in 1992. I went to work at the police department and it was here I met my soul mate Charles William “Bill” Capps. We dated four months and got married in 1993. Due to nepotism with Bill being a police Captain, I transferred to the Houston County (pronounced House Ton) Sheriff Department. I worked there until we both retired in 2013. What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​about​ ​midday​ ​naps? Wish I had more time to take them! How​ ​long​ ​have​ ​you​ ​held​ ​your​ ​current​ ​position​/title ​at​ ​CWF? I’ve been here since August 2015. My title is Office Coordinator & Activity Director. Relationships​ ​are​ ​a​ ​give​ ​and​ ​take so two​ ​very​ ​important​ ​questions;​ Toilet​ ​paper​ ​roll​ ​over or​ ​under & toilet​ ​seat​ ​up​ ​or​ ​down? Definitely over & always put it down! If​ ​you​ ​were​ ​stranded​ ​on​ ​a​ ​deserted​ ​island​ ​and​ ​could​ ​only​ ​have​ ​one​ ​source​ ​of​ ​comfort,​ ​besides​ ​Jon Bon​ Jovi ​what​ ​would​ ​it​ ​be? My toothbrush! If​ ​you​ ​could​ ​do​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​to​ ​help ​our​ ​current​ ​Commander​ ​in​ ​Chief, what​ ​would​ ​it​ ​be?​ Shut​ ​down​ ​his​ ​Twitter account! What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​being​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Creekwood​ ​family?​ Remember,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be judged​ ​harshly​ ​on​ ​your​ ​response. Having the support & confidence in me from the park owners to do the jobs they ask of me and doing all I can to ensure our guests have a memorable vacation here. What​ ​motivated​ ​you​ ​to​ ​become​ ​a​ ​work​ ​camper? The desire to travel, leave the heat & humidity of Georgia and be full timers in our 2016 Open Range 3x fifth wheel. Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​favorite​ ​saying?​ That’s a toss up between “I don’t give a rat’s a#$” and simply “Keep the Faith”. What​ ​other​ ​​careers​ ​have​ ​you​ ​been​ ​involved​ ​in? Dollywood marketing, legal secretary and a goat herder. (That’s not a joke either). What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​snack &​ ​where​ ​do​ ​you​ ​hide​ ​it​ ​from​ ​Bill? Snickers bar, in my Bon Jovi mementos box, he never looks in there! What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​downtime​ ​activity? Nickel slots riding rollercoasters, and being a Bon Jovi groupie. Favorite​ ​quick​ ​getaway? Pigeon Forge & Cherokee Casino. Favorite​ ​Social​ ​Activity​ ​here​ ​at​ ​Creekwood? I enjoy the cook outs, when Jimmy Gillis performs and sings me a Bon Jovi song. Lightning​ ​Round: Favorite​ ​color; Purple, ​food; catfish, ​adult​ ​beverage; Moscato wine, Day​ ​of​ ​the​ ​week; Sunday, Sports team; Georgia DAWGS & Atlanta Falcons; ​NON ​Bon​ ​Jovi​ ​song; “Dreamboat Annie” by Heart. Favorite​ ​Bon​ ​Jovi​ ​album;​ {Sorry​ ​folks,​ ​she​ ​reallllllly​ ​loves​ ​him} “Keep The Faith” released in 1992. Finally,​ ​and​ ​most​ ​importantly…​ ​Paper​ ​or​ ​Plastic? A cloth tote bag!

Our 5th work camper is new to the work camping life, yet he is very experienced and versatile in many factors. Meet “Russ”……….. Charles Russell Wood was born on June 2, 1965 and grew up in the midlands of South Carolina. He attended high school in Orangeburg, SC. He joined the army and served from 84 through 87 working in the telecommunications arena. After the army he did a number of things, retail management, bodyguard, bouncer etc. but his dream was to be on the radio. A chance meeting with a station manager, and a statement he made of “You can’t run your business without me” led to 27.5 years in broadcasting. His formats varied from rock, classic rock, alternative, country and R&B. Besides on air performance’s he specialized in commercial writing, production and other voiceover aspects to include character development, accents and dialects. He has a voice that can read the phone book. Russ is married to Stacey (Yon) from Aiken SC. They met on line in 2007 and were married in Pigeon Forge TN in 2008, by a biker preacher. Russ describes Stacey as his “hero & shield maiden” because she saved his life by dragging him away from a career that was killing him. Stacey is an RN, serving as a travel nurse. They have a son, Brett and a daughter, Abbie Grace, and expecting their first grandson in November. Russ said “For decades my hobby was my career and my career was my hobby, now I do things for enjoyment, which is a new challenge”. Russ can draw, paint, act, sing, juggle, knit and tools around on cigar box guitars among other things. Russ is currently focusing on his “Second Act” in life, pursuing a second career in acting. He is a Viking, DNA testing showed 42% of his ancestry from Scandinavian countries with 28% Irish from areas directly settled by the Norse, hence his nickname “Viking Dad.” In his acting roles he has embodied the characters of Jesus, Lennie in “Of Mice and Men” Santa Claus, and the Wizard of Oz, as well as 17 Shakespearean characters in one play! When asked what his favorite food is, the answer was versatile, “I have varied tastes, just about all forms of cuisine appeal to me.” “Ice cold water and oolong tea are my favorite drinks, along with a good single malt scotch or an ice cold beer”. In cooking he will take on anything he can master, Asian foods, Italian, French, Mediterranean his list is endless. He has rappelled face down, Australian style from a chopper, walked a mile in high heels to raise awareness against domestic violence. He won a drag queen beauty contest on a cruise ship. He has mooned a Russian battleship during a military exercise, downed steins of beer in Munich during Oktoberfest and swam in a rainforest waterfall. He has performed and sang on stage in front of thousands, free dived for langoustine lobsters in Puerto Rico and has lost 122 lbs. He just finished an acting role as the great and powerful Oz on the Wizard of Oz train in Bryson City NC. Russ said “As I look back on my life and catalog it, I’m apprehensive about sharing. I have lived a life some envy, others may hate, but I’ve never shied away from adventure or danger. Russ said he has never truly taken a vacation and he is not a fan of the beach. Being a “Viking” and growing up just 2 hours from the coast you would think otherwise. Russ and Stacey live in their 2010 Palomino Ultra-light RV. This is their first time being work campers, and they do an awesome job cleaning the cabins & park model. His favorite thing about being a work camper is “Meeting new & wonderful folk”. Least favorite, “cleaning those cabin lofts & early no notice check in’s!” Russ takes his job, no matter what that role is at the time, seriously and does it well. His desire is to one day star in the “Walking Dead” series, and knowing Russ, I’m sure he will achieve it.


Our 4th Work Camper we are Getting to Know is David Shoaf. David is a major team player of the park maintenance team. He is dedicated to the park and follows our mission statement. David Shoaf was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (The home of Arnold Palmer and Rolling Rock Beer) and grew up in Northeastern Ohio since he was 2 years old. Most of his childhood he lived in Painesville, Ohio. This is where he met and married his wife Denise. They met in 1963 as young teens, grew up together, got married and raised 3 children. Their children Richard, Davina & Timothy are all married. David & Denise have seven grandchildren, 5 boys and 2 girls. Some of us have met their sons, Rich & Tim. They both reflect how they were instilled with kindness, and respect from David. They visit their daughter Davina while they “snowbird” in Florida, as she lives in Crestview, Florida. Before becoming a work camper, David spent 15 years as a Correctional Officer & Supervisor. Prior to this David devoted almost 21 years in the U.S Air Force as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician. He retired in 1991 with the Supervisor rank of Master Sergeant. David has been work camping since 1999, most of which has been at the Big Oak RV Park in Tallahassee FL. The last 3 years they divided their “snowbird” seasons between Tallahassee in the late fall & winter and Creekwood Farm in spring & summer. David is an avid gun enthusiast and sportsman. He enjoys hunting, fishing and woodworking. His talent is crafting items by repurposing wood pallets, glass bottles, and other discarded items. His philosophy is “Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Denise has developed a cute “Rock Garden” of painted rocks that she and the grandchildren have designed. They have traveled all over the United States with the exception of Alaska and the New England states. David enjoys all the mountain areas, whether it’s the Cascade Mountains, the Rockies or the Great Smoky Mountains. They enjoy traveling on “Ruby” their Honda Goldwing Trike. Taking on the twists and turns of the Blue Ridge Parkway and scenic roadways is pure pleasure. David said the Smoky Mountains is his favorite vacation spot and one of the reasons he keeps coming back to Creekwood. David & Denise reside in their 2015 Keystone Fuzion, 5th Wheel Toy hauler, with Ginger their 9 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi fur baby. One time while camping in a prior pop-up trailer, in April 1979, in North Dakota they woke up to over a foot of fresh snow. The kids didn’t care too much for cleaning off all the snow to pack up camp and make the treacherous drive home in the snow. No matter what the rig, weather or location they always had fun and made memories. When asked what is his favorite food and does he like to cook, David said “Anything that Denise cooks is my favorite food. She is a great cook so I leave the cooking to my expert.” David said he does better in grilling something if needed. One of the most daring & outrageous things he ever did was in his pre-teen years. Involving a hatchet, milk bottle lid, a finger, a dare with 2 kids to see who was quicker, the one with the hatchet or the one with their finger on the lid. David lost that dare, ended up with stitches and a scar to his left index finger. He said his mother was VERY upset that day. David came from a large family, he is the baby of 10 children, and was an uncle years before he was even born. Sadly he said there are only four of them left now. David feels the best part of being a work camper is meeting and talking with people from all over the country. He enjoys hearing guests tell of all the places they have been and to share his journey with them. He enjoys helping a guest solve a problem with their RV. He takes pride in our park grounds, keeping the grass green & lush and weeds the park vegetable garden. He does his part in keeping the park functioning smoothly. His least favorite thing about the job is getting out in the inclement weather such as a downpour, but says sometimes you just got to smile and press on. Most days you will find him with his hat on, a toothpick in his mouth, a pen stuck behind his ear, and working in the barn or around the park. If you have David as your friend, you have a friend that you can always depend on!

Our 3rd work camper we are Getting To Know is Carol Nicholas. Carol works in the front office and is a unique & interesting lady to know.  Now meet Carol.

Carol was born in Jamaica, NY and grew up on Long Island, New York. She graduated from Hauppauge High School in 1967. She met her future husband at Smith’s Point Beach on Long Island the summer of 67, after she graduated. Carol and Eugene {Nick} got married 13 months later in September 1968. Carol worked 30 years as a registered nurse and retired in 2010. They have three grown children, Lora, Paul and Jennifer. They have six precious grandchildren. They live closest to their youngest daughter, Jennifer, and stay busy with their grandsons Jed and Jayce attending the boys baseball & football games and Tai Kwon Do. They moved their family to Coral Springs, FL from Shoreham, NY in 1984. Nick retired from Broward County in 2007 as the Director of Utilities, Water and Waste Water. They were fortunate to enjoy a townhouse in Islamorada for 15 years, and on Fridays made the mad dash to the Florida keys for the weekend. Carol loves to go boating and fishing. She got the love of being on the water as a child from her parents and passed this passion on to their children. They have wonderful fishing memories that range from Alaska to the Florida keys. When asked where her favorite vacation place is, Carol had trouble deciding on one favorite place because they have taken so many varied and wonderful vacations. The two of them have been RV’ing for the past 11 years. Carol said their trip to Alaska, in their very first RV, was by far the most memorable and adventurous! Costa Rica also ranks high as an adventurous trip. They went wild water tubing, horse back riding and zip lining, all in one day. They visited a hot mud spa at the end of that day, “it helped get the numerous kinks out after the zip lining.” In 2015 they went on vacation to Italy and Malta, which was by far “mesmerizing”. Carol loves to cook and try new recipes. Nothing makes her happier than to have her house filled with all their children and grandchildren, especially for the holidays. Their current home is in Crawfordville, Florida on two acres of property. She plants a winter vegetable garden each fall and reaps the rewards of fresh lettuces, arugula, kale and collards all winter. They thoroughly enjoy their current Montana 5th wheel that they share with their fur-baby, Nola. Nola is a 2 year old Shih Tzu and very spoiled. They have been visiting Creekwood Farm since 2010 but this is Carol’s first year as a work camper. She is enjoying working in the office and the experience of meeting the guests. As part of this interview Carol was asked “What is the most daring & outrageous thing you have ever done”? “That is a tough one to answer because there have been many. Perhaps buying and riding my motorcycle in my 40’s might qualify”! {Yes Carol being a motorcycle mama qualifies.} The happy couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018, another major milestone! However Nick is requesting a year off for good behavior!

Our 2nd work camper we are highlighting in Get to Know Us,  is David Casas. David and his wife Joyce are a part of our cleaning team. The following article is about David and how his journey in life brought him to Creekwood Farm RV Park.
“Get to Know Us”
David Casas was born in Augusta, Georgia at Camp Gordon and grew up as an Army brat. After his father was wounded in the Korean War and was recovering in Georgia he met David’s mother and they were married. Shortly after David was born the family moved to Chicago where he grew up. David’s father was a boxer in the service so David got a hands on lesson on how to defend himself, want it or not! The lessons in boxing proved to be a good thing, because growing up on the south side of Chicago was not easy! To stay out of trouble David spent his teenage years in the Boy Scouts Organization and advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout! After graduating from high school David moved to Georgia at the age of 18, after his father passed away. He enjoys hiking, running and being in the outdoors. He will take every opportunity to relax in the woods, go camping and seeks out the hiking trails. Being a part of nature and outside have always been a major part of his life, heart & soul. David’s first real job was a Fireman for the city of  Macon, Georgia. He worked there for several years and became the cook for a double company fire station. The fire station is where he learned to make drop biscuits, 72 at a time! Still today he can make a mean biscuit that we all love & enjoy here in the park. David then worked on the fire department Ladder Truck #33, as the driver. He said that was a fun job, first in, last out! As a firemen he worked 24hr shifts every other day so he had a lot of time off to pursue other full time jobs or trades. That was when he was introduced to the Heat and Air & Appliance repair business. David worked both jobs until he was seriously hurt on duty at the Fire Dept. He had a serious spinal injury and after a series of surgeries and some neat metal parts installed, he had to give up his job as a fireman. He then concentrated on fixing appliances and heating and air units. David and Joyce  have been married going on 25 years now and have four children, two hers and two his, and have seven grandchildren. David retired about four years ago at the age of 62. Since retirement he has volunteered at State Parks in Georgia and “goofing off” as he calls it. When his wife Joyce was transferred to Asheville, NC. with her job as a General Manager with Extended Stay Hotels, David decided he would become a work camper. David & Joyce have been at Creekwood Farm working as part of the cleaning crew for about a year and a half. Joyce helps him when she is not at work in Asheville. David takes great pride in the area he works, in cleaning the restrooms and clubhouse. His belief for his approach to his duties are too ensure that the facilities are top notch clean, just like a fire station chief would approve. This is one of the calling card’s that brings our guests back to us time after time. David said the hardest and least liked part of his job should be easily guessed! woof-woof!!


Our first “This Is Us” is about one of our most dedicated and loyal work campers, Mr. Calvin Parham.
Calvin was born in Asheville North Carolina and grew up in Leicester N.C. He is married to Sue, (one of the sweetest ladies you’ll ever meet). Sue is a retired school teacher, and we all call her “Nonnie”. Calvin retired from Norfolk Southern Railway as an Engineer in 2007. For many years after retirement Calvin and Sue enjoyed traveling on their Honda Goldwing motorcycles until upgrading to an RV. They traveled with their RV for a few years, but since 2013 Calvin has enjoyed being a work camper at Creekwood Farm RV Park. In his spare time Calvin enjoys playing his upright bass and guitar. He enjoys trout fishing in our beautiful Jonathan Creek. Together they enjoy spending time with their wonderful family and twin great grand daughters Ryleigh and Braelyn, who will be 4 in July. Calvin is always willing to help around the park anyway he can. One day you may see him mowing and the next day he’s installing an air conditioner. He enjoys the experience of interacting with other RV’ers and never meets a stranger. Calvin takes pride in our park and in his work camper duties. He is a lead part of the Maintenance & Grounds Team and works very hard in making our park shine. Calvin & Sue have a home in Asheville, but spend most of their time living at Creekwood Farm in their 2015 Flagstaff RV. Calvin is also a great cook, and makes the best biscuits & gravy. His favorite food is fresh trout from Jonathan Creek, but Nonnies cooking and cornbread is hard to beat! Calvin says his least favorite thing about work camping is “weed wacking on a blazing hot day!”
  Thank You Mr. Parham for all you do for us, the park and our guests at Creekwood Farm RV Park, you are VERY much appreciated!


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