AmSouth employee bids fond farewell after four decades of work

By Staff
RETIRING – Ann Calcote will retire from AmSouth on Friday after working 42 years, two months and 15 days. She serves as area branch operations manager for Meridian and Laurel, but prefers working on the main floor with customers. PHOTO BY CARISA MCCAIN / THE MERIDIAN STAR.
special to The Star
March 10, 2002
Co-workers, customers and friends are invited to AmSouth's Meridian main office on Monday to say goodbye to longtime employee Ann Calcote.
Calcote will retire after more than 42 years. Friends can stop by her office from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to wish her luck.
Calcote had held several key positions for AmSouth in Meridian following the bank's 1999 purchase of First American Bank which had purchased Deposit Guaranty in 1998.
She has served as area branch operations manager for the bank's Meridian, Vicksburg and Yazoo City branches. She will retire as area branch operations manager for the bank's Meridian and Laurel branches.
Calcote's first day on the job was Jan. 4, 1960, at what was then Merchants &Farmers Bank. She was hired to work in the bookkeeping department and "was quite young and scared to death" because, in those days, bookkeeping was done by hand.
Over the years, Calcote has served the bank as a teller and an administrative assistant to two of the its executives. She later received officer level promotions to assistant cashier, assistant vice president and vice president.
She has also served as a branch administrator for area branches, and handled human resources for the Meridian main office.
Calcote has witnessed the industry's transformation during the last four decades. "It is hardly recognizable today, compared to when I started," said said.
Automation has made a tremendous difference, Calcote said, but banking is still a relationship business based on understanding customers' needs and meeting them.
She said customers and co-workers have helped make her 42-year banking career "wonderful and rewarding. I have had the pleasure of meeting some remarkable people over the years."
Calcote said she has no firm plans for retirement: "First I would like to get my house in order, then travel to some places I haven't had an opportunity to see and visit."
She said she would like to do more volunteer work in addition to serving as treasurer of Russell Baptist Church. She also has taken sign language classes for several years and interprets when needed at the bank and elsewhere.
Calcote has been married to T. W. Calcote for 43 years. They have two children, Rob and Cathy, and three granddaughters, Claire, Mary Catherine and Abbey.

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