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Special to The Sun—
MEMPHIS – The Texas Bankers Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Texas Bankers Association, honored Bobbie Ariola of Memphis with the 50-Year Banker Award during TBA’s Virtual Texas Economic Resilience Summit on Sept. 23.
This prestigious award honors bankers with a half century or more of service and dedication to the banking industry.
Ariola was born and raised in Memphis, where she graduated from Memphis High School in 1955. She started her banking career at the First National Bank in Memphis in the bookkeeping department, filing checks, posting ledgers. She also worked in the proof department and on the teller line.
She spent a couple of years in the bookkeeping department at the First National Bank in Tulia then returned to the First National Bank in Memphis. She was promoted to assistant cashier. She has now been with the bank, which has gone through five ownership changes and now known as First Bank and Trust, for 56 consecutive years. She currently serves as a vice president, cashier and on the board of directors.
Ariola has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Hall County Emergency Medical Service Board, as Treasurer of the Delphian Study Club and the nonprofit organization Preservation Foundation.
Serving Texas banks since 1885, the Texas Bankers Association is the largest and oldest state bankers association in the nation.