Citizens Bank Honors Ron Lewallen for 27 Years of Service

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BATESVILLE – January 20, 2016 – Ron Lewallen of Batesville will observe two major milestones next week. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Lewallen will celebrate his 64th birthday. On Friday, Jan. 29, he will end a 27-year career as a loyal employee of Citizens Bank. It would be an understatement to say that Lewallen is a native, since he was born in Batesville, graduated from Batesville High School and the former Arkansas College (now Lyon College), and has worked his entire career in Batesville. After a short stint as a real estate agent, Lewallen transitioned into banking. In October 1988, he joined Citizens Bank and helped the bank open a secondary marketing lending operation. He is currently Vice President and Credit Administration Officer, a position he has held since 2005. The bank’s Board of Directors, officers and co-workers will honor Lewallen with a reception in the Loan Department of the Main Bank in Batesville from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. “Citizens Bank is grateful for the many years of service of Ron Lewallen,” said Phil Baldwin, Citizens Bank President and Chief Executive Officer. “His involvement in our bank and community speaks volumes about his personal character. We will miss his leadership, but we wish him all the best in his retirement.” Lewallen currently serves on the Independence County Quorum Court as Justice of the Peace for District 9. He always has been extremely active in the community, including leadership positions with Batesville Kiwanis Club, Batesville School Board, Boy Scouts of America, First United Methodist Church, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Batesville Band Boosters, River City Cruisers Car Club, United Way of Independence County and West Elementary PTA. He and his wife, the former Martha Moody, have three children – Deann Castleberry, Ronda Bryant and Archie Lewallen – and grandchildren Macy Bryant, age 3 and Miller Bryant, age 1. “Batesville has changed in so many ways over the years,” Lewallen said, “from the days when Mack Farm Dairy furnished the milk for everyone in town; J.K. Southerland and the Laniers ran the poultry plants; and gas stations were on all four corners of the intersection of Harrison and St. Louis Streets.” One thing that hasn’t changed, he said, is “the dedication of banks and major businesses to economic development, to bring jobs into our area, and to be engaged in our churches, schools and community.” In retirement, Lewallen said he and Martha plan to travel, and he will continue his interest in cars. In fact, he still owns the Chevrolet Camaro he and Martha drove on their honeymoon, which he purchased from the Stanley Wood dealership on March 8, 1971. “It was the only new car I ever had,” Lewallen said, unable to explain how he remembers the exact date he bought it. About Citizens Bank Citizens Bank was founded in 1953 by business and civic leaders to serve the financial needs of middle income families and small businesses. Citizens Bank works to improve the quality of life for all community residents by promoting educational opportunities, economic growth and innovative civic partnerships. # # #

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