Gary Redd was honored last week with a proclamation naming August 2, 2018 “Gary Redd Day” by Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes and Heber Springs Mayor Jimmy Clark.
Around 30 people from Cleburne County and First Arkansas Bank and Trust came to pay tribute to Redd at a reception in his honor. Redd’s retiring after 40 years at FABT.
Roger Sundermeier of FABT told the group how much they appreciate everyone for attending this reception in his honor. Clark read the proclamation which recognized Redd’s years on the Heber Springs School Board as President, as President of Rotary, serving on the Hospital Board, as Chamber of Commerce President and President of Eden Isle Corporation, among others. Redd has made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community.
Larry Wilson, of FABT, “We will miss our loan committee meetings, by phone, the most. He always passes alone wisdom and wit. We thank his wife Tonya and daughter Catherine for sharing him with us.”
“I was impressed with Gary early on. We had meetings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, he was a few minutes late because he was taking his daughter to school.”
Rachel McCain, Sr. Loan Officer from Jacksonville, presented Redd with an Echo duck call, which he proceeded to show off his duck calling skills.
Mark Wilson said, “It’s been an honor work with you. You have been a valuable part of the community.”
When asked to speak, Redd said, “As Liz Taylor said to her husbands, this isn’t going to take long.” He thanked his wife, when they moved to Stuttgart for seven years she sacrificed more than he did because she was working in Little Rock and made that drive every day. “I couldn’t do anything without her.”
“When I came to Cleburne County in 2001, I took up golf. I met some good friends, formed friendships that will always be there.” Redd said, “This is the best bank I’ve ever worked for. They have done more for me and my family.”
Redd was also presented with a golf Rangefinder and a gift card.