By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – A retirement celebration is planned for Sharon Ayers at United Cumberland Bank celebrating her 45 years in the banking industry. Light refreshments will be served from 11 till 2 today, however, the public is invited to “drop by anytime during regular business hours” to celebrate and wish Ayers a happy retirement. 

Ayers was born and raised in the Stinking Creek area.

She began her banking career in March 1978 at First National Bank in LaFollette and worked in loans, loan processing and book keeping. She worked there until 2011when FNB was acquired by Community Trust Bank. Ayers worked at Community Trust Bank for a year, then in 2012, she came to work at United Cumberland Bank.

Ayers went into banking because she likes to help people. 

“I like to see someone’s face light up when they get the loan for their first house or when they get a new car,” Ayers said.

A lot of people don’t know the ins and outs of loans or all the paperwork involved.

“It’s about helping people through that process. You get to know so many people, and people is what I enjoy; seeing them succeed,” Ayers said.

“Helping others achieve their dreams is what she’s enjoyed most” about her 45 years in banking.

During this time she’s met a lot of people and made a lot of friends, which is what she will “miss the most.”

“I’m going to miss my customers and seeing my co-workers. You meet a lot of people, it’s a very rewarding job,” Ayers said.

Her retirement plans include “taking it easy” and “enjoying her grand babies” who are six and nine years old.

Ayers and her husband Wayne live on a small farm, and she also is looking forward to “enjoying that during retirement.”

After 45 years of keeping a banker’s schedule, Ayers is going to enjoy the lack thereof. 

“I’m going to enjoy having no schedule and getting up when I want and going to bed when I want,” Ayers said with a laugh.

She also wanted to say a “special thank you to her customers” over the last 45 years.

“I’ve enjoyed helping my customers and I’ve really appreciated them all through the years. I’ve enjoyed working with them so much,” Ayers said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/14/2023-6AM)