Oneida - Jim Johnson President of United Cumberland Bank, today said that Sandy Jeffers will retire from her position as Senior Vice President, Operations, at United Cumberland Bank on December 30, 2016. Mrs. Jeffers retirement ends a 50-year affiliation with the bank that she joined in 1966.
A Scott County native, Mrs. Jeffers is a graduate of Oneida High School. She completed three years of study in Business at Tennessee Tech and has attended numerous banking schools and seminars through the years. During her tenure at United Cumberland Bank, she has served as a Proof Operator, Bookkeeper, Teller, Head Teller, Cashier and finally as Senior Vice President.
She and her husband, Charles, have two children: Derek and Jill, along with eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. The Jeffers are members of New Haven Baptist Church.
"It has been a real joy to have worked here so many years," she said. "Not only have I enjoyed the people with whom I have worked with, but I have also gleaned so many friendships with our customers. I have learned so much from them including how to make jelly and advice on raising a family."
"I've been very fortunate," Mrs. Jeffers continued, "I used to ask why God put me in this place and why I have had the opportunity to be a part of United Cumberland Bank. Looking back, I am very thankful."
"It's always bittersweet to announce the retirement of someone who has meant so much to this institution," Johnson noted. "For half a century, Sandy has been an integral part of United Cumberland Bank and has been of service to generations of our customers. That's not easily replaced, but at the same time we wish her every happiness as she moves on to the next chapter in her life. On behalf of everyone at our bank, I wish her the very best."
Johnson also announced that a Reception honoring Mrs. Jeffers will be held on Thursday, December 22, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the bank's Oneida Office on Municipal Drive. The public is invited to share in this celebration of her career. "We look forward to welcoming our customers and friends who have been a part of Sandy's remarkable career," he said.
Jim Johnson President of United Cumberland Bank, today also announced that long-term employee Gail Lewallen will retire from the bank on December 30, 2016, marking the end of her 39-year affiliation with the bank.
Currently, Mrs. Lewallen works in the Debit Card Fraud Department of the bank, although she also works as a Customer Service Representative and Assistant Cashier. Over the course of her career, she has also served as a teller and Head Teller.
A native of Robbins, she graduated from Robbins High School and has completed a wide array of banking courses and seminars over the years. She has also worked actively in Relay For Life on the bank's behalf.
Mrs. Lewallen's husband, Gene, passed away in 2004. She has one daughter, Lisa Marie Brown (Shane) and two grandchildren, Jasper and Kingston. The Browns live in Maynardsville, Tennessee.
"Over these many years, I have worked with a lot of good people and I've worked with great customers," she said. "I will look back so fondly on my years at United Cumberland Bank and those whose paths I have crossed."
"Gail has been an important part of our bank family for nearly 40 years," Johnson said. "We will miss seeing her on a daily basis but wish her every happiness in the years ahead as she moves into retirement."