In Memoriam: Terry Lee, Veritex Community Bank

Terry Lee, director of correspondent banking for Dallas-based Veritex Community Bank, passed away on July 31 in McKinney. He grew up in Weatherford, graduated from North Texas State University and later was a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. Lee was deeply devoted to his family and his faith. … Read more

First United Bank’s John Massey Passes Away

John Massey, the charismatic and big-hearted chairman emeritus of Durant, Oklahoma-based First United Bank, passed away surrounded by family on June 24. He was 86 years old. An Oklahoma native, he grew up in Boswell, Guthrie and Durant. He learned the value of hard work and resilience early from his parents, Jennie and Emmett Massey. … Read more

In Memoriam: Longtime Weatherford Banker Bobby Ray Glenn

Longtime banker Bobby Ray Glenn passed away peacefully at age 80 on June 1. He was born on January 28, 1942, in Weatherford. His banking career endured for 57 years, beginning at First National Bank in Weatherford. He also worked for Citizens Bank, Merchants & Farmers Bank, Texas Bank and PlainsCapital Bank, from which he … Read more

In Memoriam: George D. Miles Jr.

George D. Miles Jr., 83, passed away on March 23. He was born on June 26, 1938, in Jacksonville. After graduating from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in 1961 with a BS degree in journalism, Miles went on to graduate from the Southwestern Graduate Banking School at Southern Methodist University. The majority of his career … Read more

Ferguson, Pearland State Bank Founder, Passes Away

Dr. Lloyd R. Ferguson, one of the founders of Pearland State Bank, passed away in his Pearland home on March 9. He was 96. Ferguson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 gunman during World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University, a master’s degree from Texas Christian … Read more

Gib Blackman, Longtime Bankers Digest Publisher, Passes Away

Ralph Gilbert (Gib) Blackman Jr. died peacefully at home on January 8 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. A Texas community banker, he was most widely known as the publisher and editor—along with his wife, Bonnie—of Bankers Digest for more than 30 years. Born October 11, 1947, to Ralph and Betty … Read more

In Memoriam: Texas Commerce Bank’s Jerry Charles Hughes

Longtime Texas banker Jerry Charles Hughes passed away on December 8. He was 87. In his early 20s, he joined Longview-based Texas Bank and Trust Co. and converted its accounting system to digital. That launched a career in banking, which lasted until his retirement. In 1970, Hughes accepted a position with American National Bank in Beaumont … Read more

In Memoriam: Emmet Ross Harris

Longtime banker Emmet Ross Harris, affectionately known as “Big Daddy” by his grandchildren, passed away on October 10. He was 75. In 2010, Harris was diagnosed with liver cancer. After exhausting other treatment options, he received a liver transplant in 2012. He was fortunate to receive this gift of life from an unknown organ donor, … Read more

In Memoriam: Joe Winniford, American National Bank of Texas

Longtime Texas banker Joe Don Winniford passed away on September 15. As his obituary states, he was “renowned for his passion for people, charm and humility…an energetic and friendly soul [whose] life was filled with experiences and adventure.” Winniford served in the U.S. Navy for four years, then earned his BBA degree from East Texas … Read more

In Memoriam: Castroville State Bank’s Evangelina Cuellar Rangel

Evangelina Cuellar Rangel, a teller at Castroville State Bank, passed away on February 15 in San Antonio. She was 69. Known by family, friends and coworkers as Angie, Rangel served as a bank teller for more than 30 years. According to her obituary, “She enjoyed seeing and talking to her customers every day. She had … Read more