Shelby County banker Don Dial retires after 52-year banking career

Tenaha banker and businessman Don Dial was recognized on Friday, June 28, for a 52-year banking career and service to the community that has spanned decades.

A full house was on hand June 28 in the lobby of First National Bank of Hughes Springs Tenaha Branch for a retirement reception in his honor.

“I really appreciate you all coming,” Dial said after he was presented a plaque and gift from Aaron King, branch manager at the institution.

“Today we get the honor of being able to tell Mr. Dial just what he met to each of us,” King said. “For me personally I can tell you I wouldn't be here if it weren't for him.”

He said Dial has been a positive role model for him and others.

“When I think of a godly man, a man of integrity, a man of honesty, sincerity, somebody who is going to be fair, I think of Mr. Dial,” King said.

“It's a sad day for me personally to see him go,” he said. “Thank you so much for all the years of service that you put to this community, this bank and all your neighbors and friends.”

Dial said the years have gone by all too rapidly.

“Where did the time go?” Dial said. His career spanned years of serving as president and CEO of Citizens State Bank of Tenaha and in more recent years as branch manager for First National Bank of Hughes Springs Tenaha branch.

When he was promoted to the president's position at Citizens in January 1996 he was recognized then for 36 years of service to the community. A newspaper clipping on display at the retirement reception indicated Dial started working at the Tenaha bank in 1967 while in college.

Dial said the bank has a good staff and loyal customers who he considers his friends.

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