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Friday, July 19, 2013
Goodbyes are always difficult.
The goodbye I am making reference to is the branch of the Bank of America at Westlake, located at 12970 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Hardy, serving our lake people for the better part of the past nine years.
My wife and I were shocked to learn of the termination of this facility.
When we retired from our jobs in Washington, D.C., in 2000, we moved to Smith Mountain Lake, loved it then and are still very happy here. At that time, the area was not very developed, and we had to make many trips into Roanoke to do banking, shopping, etc., which was costly and also time-consuming.
Thanks to [Ron] Willard, who developed Westlake and brought us so many amenities, such as Kroger, a movie theater, shops, state-of-the-art medical facilities, etc,, and thus made life easier and more convenient.
We will miss Bank of America not only for reasons of convenience, but we will miss seeing our good friends, who have always been professional and with whom we had developed a personal friendship.
Several years ago, I was very ill, and these good ladies sent me a get-well card signed by everyone. I will never forget such kindness.
With tearful eyes we must say goodbye to Christine Rizzio, manager, Erin Burrows, Deborah Scott and Tamra Alfer at the closing of Bank America Branch on Aug. 2.
Jerry and Irene Edwards
Weather JournalEarly mix, then ice storm Sunday