|By Bob Weaver|
JoAnn and Bill Stevens together 42 years
Through the years
JoAnn Propst Stevens has retired from Calhoun Banks after 35 years, and
Saturday night she had a heck of a retirement party at the Senior Center. A
room full of current and former bank associates, family members and
friends, celebrated the event. She said "I will miss the people."
Over the years she held several positions in the Loan Department, was a
bookkeeper, student loan officer and teller.
JoAnn's extended family at head of table
Large crowd attend retirement dinner
Last night she was sitting beside her husband of 42 years, Bill Stevens, her
mom and dad, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Propst of Mt. Zion and her sister Mary, and
nearly all her extended family.
"Bill and I sort of decided we wanted to stay in Calhoun and make a life for
ourselves, and we've been fortunate in doing just that," she said. "I really
enjoyed the banking business."
JoAnn started at the bank at the quest of Duane Poling, who asked if she
would be interested in a bookkeeper position. She had worked for Holly
Nester at Mt. Zion for about five years and was working at the Western Auto
Store for Dick Stalnaker. "I thought I'd give it a try," she said. "I had no idea
I'd be at the bank all these years."
Banker Rick Fitzwater and Mayor of Hur Lewis Slider mend their political
differences. Fitzwater could never beat Slider for the mayoral post, but did
get elected to the Board of Education, a second best.
JoAnn says she and Bill intend to travel, including a trip to Florida soon, and
later on they're going to Sweden to visit their foster daughter, who has now
had a second child. "I'm still into making crafts also," she said.
The Calhoun Bank, along with the J & B Drug Store, has launched many a
high school kid into the workplace. It would be astounding, I'm sure, if one
knew the number.
Since graduation in 1958 she has been an anchor in keeping the class
reunion going, in addition to Roberta Offutt Wilson and Tom Gainer. It was
my privilege to have attended school with JoAnn most of those 12 years, in
addition to being involved in 4-H. She was a "top notch" girl who gave a lot
to the people around her, even back then. JoAnn and Bill have both been
stalwart citizens of the community through the years.
JoAnn is throwing the "old-timers" torch to Dottie Hersman Slider. "She is
now the 'grandma' of the bank," she concluded.
Cards or letters can be sent to JoAnn at P. O. Box 341, Grantsville WV
Honoring JoAnn's contribution to Calhoun Banks