Hannah saying goodbye to BankFirst

(From left) Linda Hannah, Kay Simmons,  Community Bank President in West Point, Bruff Sanders and First Bank First Vice President Markhaur Robinson at Hannah's retirement reception at First Bank Tuesday.
Staff Writer

BankFirst welcomed friends, family customers and co-workers Tuesday, to a retirement reception in honor of Linda Hannah, who decided that it is time to retire and continue to be a volunteer in the West Point community.

There was a continuous line of people who came to First Bank to offer hugs, hand shakes and good wishes to Hannah.

"I'm going to miss working here," Hannah said. "I counted down my drawer for the last time at noon. I'm overwhelmed with all the people who came to wish me well or try to talk me out of retiring. Leaving is very bittersweet."

Sandra Murray said Hannah had received a 40 year certificate from the Mississippi Bankers Association for her service and dedication to customers during her 40 years in the financial industry.

"I don't know what we'll do without her," said Bruff Sanders, Community Bank President in West Point. "She has been with us for a long time and will be impossible to replace. We are going to miss her."

Georgia Raleigh had nothing but accolades for Hannah, and said she was totally irreplaceable.

"If you put Linda Hannah on a scale of 1 to 10, she is a 10 plus," Raleigh said. "She is loving, kind, helpful and always made me feel welcome. Sometimes people who work in banking can be intimidating, but Linda always was so helpful through the years. I don't know what we'll do without her."

Suzanne Brasfield greeted Hannah with a hug and told her it won't be the same without her smiling face at Bank First.

"It is sad to see her retire," Brasfield said. "She always takes care of my banking so fast and is so good to take care of us. Bank First won't be the same without Linda, Monte and I are really going to miss her."

No important event in West Point is complete without former educator, Robert Smith dropping by to be part of a celebration.

"Linda Hanna is a servant to this community," Smith said. "I will miss her sweet face and bright smile every time I come in here. She will be missed every day."

Hannah said there is no way to say how appreciative she was for all of these people to come by and let her know how much she is loved by the community.

"I am going to miss everyone," Hannah said. "But this reception has been so wonderful that I almost don't want to retire anymore. But I'm still planning to visit Hawaii and take that train trip across the country. Retirement is going to be good, because I have no intention of slowing down, if anything, I have a lot more to do."