Bank First to hold reception for Hannah's retirement

Linda Hannah with Bank First, is retiring. Bank First is holding a reception in her honor 2 - 4 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 30.
Staff Writer

Bank First is having a reception for long time employee Linda Hannah's retirement.

Friends, family, Bank First customers, co-workers, and members of the community are invited to Bank First from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, to wish Hannah well on her retirement.

Sandra Murray with Bank First said as a small, hometown bank, they bring a personal touch and get to know their customers and staff.

"Our customers love Linda Hannah," Murray said. "She greets everyone with a smile. She is a very important part of our bank. A lot of our customers come here because of her. We're all like family. We spend more time here than we do at home."

Hannah said she will miss her co-workers and customers that she has seen every day for the last 21 years. But she said she has many things she plans to do after retirement to keep busy.

"I'd like to volunteer at The Mission on the Hill," Hannah said. "I plan to stay busy in the community. My dad is still owner of Hannah Tours. He's 89 and I'll be keeping an eye on him."

Hannah said she'd still be coming to Bank First to drink coffee with her friends, and she plans to remain active in the community.

"I've worked with the Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls clubs and the Red Cross," Hannah said. "I've served on the Hospital Board, served on the Board of Selectman, been an inductee in the West Point Hall of Fame, a member of the American Cancer Society, a member of the Civitan Club, I've always loved serving and being a part of the community."

She said she has a bucket list of things she wants to do, which includes a coast to coast train ride and a trip to the Hawaiian islands. She has no intention of sitting still.

"I went to Mary Holmes College and then the Mississippi University for Women," Hannah said. "Then I went to work for the Bank of Mississippi and then came to work for Bank First. I've been in banking for a long time. I've changed jobs before but retiring from one is a new thing."

She said she has grown close with the customers at Bank First. She has watched them buy their first homes, seen their children grow up, been part of them buying a car for those children, then watched them leave for college. She has felt like part of their families, as well.

"We do a lot of good here at Bank First," Hannah said. "We've been a part of our customers lives. I've loved being here. It's been quite a ride."

She said she worked hard all her life so that she never had to compromise.

"If I wanted something, I've earned it," Hannah said. "I don't owe anyone but God. I will miss the people I am used to seeing every day. But I'll find a lot of things to do to stay busy."

Murray said everyone is invited to the reception, from 2 - 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Bank First to honor Hannah and her 21 years of service to Bank First and its customers.