Shirley Adams retires from General Insurance of Leachville

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Shirley Adams was treated to a retirement party Thursday commemorating 40 years with General Insurance of Leachville. Pictured are Stephen Crancer, Carla Essman, Shirley Adams, Tabitaha White and Sherry Jennings.

It was Shirley Adams' Day Thursday, as family, friends and customers dropped by to wish her well. Adams has been part of General Insurance in Leachville for 40 years.

She started her career Aug. 1, 1972, received her agent license in 1977 in property and casualty and met the insurance needs of her customers for 40 years.

Her mother, the late Fairest Webb, worked for 10 years in the Leachville General Insurance office before Adams started her career that lasted four decades.

Adams became office manager at the Leachville office in 1982.

"I have always loved my job and wanted to spoil my customers," Adams said. "I tried to do my best for them. I have always been committed to friendly, caring service. It was almost like a ministry. I did my best to help my customers. I have made wonderful business and professional friends through the years."

Adams raised two children and has seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They all live in the area.

"Our agency was always family oriented and I appreciate that," she said. "I have had good bosses willing to work with me."

When Adams began her insurance career she worked for Atherton Hiett. In 1982 T.J. Pierce purchased the business and in 1986 Sigsby Insurance of Rector became the owners. In July 2012 Stephen Crancer became the owner. She said the business is being transferred to Couch-Greer in Monette.

"I've always devoted my life to the business and God has blessed me," Adams said. "Like many others, I have had health problems but I have always been able to work. I held on to the scripture found in Hebrews 5:13, 'I will never leave you or forsake you.' That really did give me strength."

Adams serves as pianist for Rowes Baptist Church, as well as Sunday school teacher and church treasurer. She is associated with Music and Memories in Lake City.

Music and Memories is an awesome ministry," she said. "I love being a small part of it."

Another favorite scripture of Adams is Psalms 37:4, "Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart."

"I have enjoyed my years with General Insurance," Adams said.

She has future plans including marrying Howard Shirley of Jonesboro on Feb. 16. They plan to wed at Music and Memories in Lake City. She smiles as she thinks of changing her name to Shirley Shirley. That will get attention.

She said she is not ready to sit down and quit working. She is not sure what is in store for her but she is sure the Lord will have something just for her.

She thanked all of her friends, family and customers for the special day in her honor.

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