Pearson honored with reception

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
On hand to wish Dumetra Pearson a happy retirement were four of her co-workers who were there to welcome her to the bank 22 years ago. Together the five have 120 years of banking experience. Pictured are, from left: Debbie Taylor (36 years), Dumetra Pearson (22 years), Lesia Couch (16 years), Debbie Austin (28 years) and Gundel Martin (18 years). Taylor and Austin still work at Heritage Bank-Caraway Branch. (Town Crier photos/Revis Blaylock)

Dumetra Pearson was honored on Wednesday, July 29, with a retirement reception at Heritage Bank-Caraway Branch. Family, friends, co-workers and past co-workers gathered at the bank lobby to wish her well.

Pearson has worked at the bank for 22 years and called it a pleasure to work her the people.

Sherri Coffman, vice president business development and marketing, said she will be missed.

"She has been a great employee and we wish her the best of luck in her retirement," Coffman said.

She received a telephone call during the reception from her young great-grandson who could not be there but wanted to express his congratulations to "MeeMaw."

Steve May, Heritage Bank president/CEO, was on hand to wish her well.

"We have worked together for over 17 years and it has been a pleasure to work with her," May said. "She has been a constant with our bank and held our crew together delivering excellent service to our customers. We will miss her and wish her well. I hope she enjoys herself and her family."

She had a chance to reminisce about her early days at the bank with co-workers who were there when she started including Debbie Taylor, Lesia Couch, Debbie Austin and Gundel Martin.

"It has been a wonderful place to work and I will miss everyone," Pearson said.

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