First Bank, Lyons is hosting a retirement reception honoring Judy Tatlock for her 44 years of banking service. The gathering for will be held from 9:30 until 11 a.m. on Tuesday at 201 E. Avenue South in Lyons.
On June 26, 1967, after graduation from Sterling College, Judith A. Tatlock began her job in banking at Chandler National Bank in Lyons. At the end of her career, she was Assistant Vice President of First Bank. Judy stayed at the same institution all of her working life, as many changes took place in the bank.
During her 44 years, Judy’s titles and duties at the Lyons bank encompassed making up statements, posting checks and deposits, running the proof machine, waiting on customers, loan secretary, loan operations officer, cashier, and concluding as Assistant Vice President, a position that she held since 1992. In the early years, Judy set up complete credit file systems on paper and did payroll by hand until computers were introduced in 1983. She recalls a myriad of name and ownership changes over the years. In 1974, Chandler National Bank where Judy started working was torn down and a new bank took its place. In March 1977 it became Chandler Bank (a State Bank). The bank was renamed to Coronado Bank May 1, 1986 and was subsequently purchased by Farmers State Bank in Sterling in 1996. After acquiring the bank in Chase, Kansas in 1998, the three locations were renamed to First Bank. Ms. Tatlock’s wealth of history and knowledge of banking spans these many decades of changes. She served countless loyal customers over the years and that is what she misses most in her retirement.
First Bank President, Jeff Laudermilk commented on Ms. Tatlock’s retirement saying, “Judy has touched so many people in her long and caring career with the bank. Her love of community showed daily as she served, making a positive impact in countless lives with the little things, and the “big deals”. We want to publicly say thank you Judy Tatlock for your good and faithful service!” Randy Cobb, Lyons Market President noted, “Few employees work at the same job for 44 years. Fewer still are as dedicated to their customers as Judy was throughout her career. We are proud to honor Judy with this retirement reception for a job well done.”