Elementary school students gave their 83-year-old custodian a retirement ceremony fit for a king

John Lockett and his wife, Annie Julia Lockett, celebrate “Mr. John Day” before his retirement.

CARROLLTON, Ga. — Chants of “Mr. John! Mr. John!” drowned out Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” as 83-year-old school custodian John Lockett stepped into a corridor lined with adoring kids.

“It really was a surprise to me” John Lockett told CNN about the unexpected tribute. “Tears came rolling down my face. I didn’t know if I’d be able to walk down the hall.”

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