Two AFB&T Team Members Celebrate 95 Combined Years of Service

On January 14, 1963, John F. Kennedy was president. The Civil Rights movement was in its infancy. First-class postage had just increased to five cents. Gasoline averaged 30 cents a gallon and Mary Ellen Fowler started her first day of work at Athens Federal Savings and Loan - one of fewer than two dozen employees.

Five years and a day later on January 15, 1968, it was a new world when Martha Allen started at National Bank of Monroe. The whole world was watching as the Civil Rights and anti-war protests dominated our national media. The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album reached number one on the charts and being a banker was a promising career.

Today, Athens Federal Savings and Loan and National Bank of Monroe are both Athens First Bank & Trust, and Mary Ellen and Martha are living symbols of loyal, faithful service.

Bill Douglas, AFB&T CEO and President and Synovus Regional CEO, sent memos to all AFB&T team members honoring Mary Ellen and Martha on their 50th and 45th anniversaries, respectively.

He recognized Mary Ellen as “a trusted advisor, always a friend, a mentor too many and sometimes, surrogate mother to us all.” Of Martha, he suggested that she is “probably the most well-known banker in Walton County.”

Both were honored with celebrations in their offices – Mary Ellen in the Athens main office where she still serves as Secretary to the Board, and Martha in Monroe where she continues to meet the needs of her customers as a Private Client Relationship Manager.

Congratulations to Mary Ellen Fowler and Martha Allen. We are fortunate to have had your enduring support for AFB&T and Synovus.