After serving the community for 20 years, Molly Woodall has retired from her position as Customer Support with First Federal Community Bank, “the only bank you’ll ever need.”
Woodall began her career with First Federal Community Bank as a teller in 2001, and worked her way to Customer Support Center.
“One of the biggest differences now, the employees are younger – oh, wait. I’m older!” she said with a smile on her face. “I love interacting with customers. I’ve watched many babies of our customers grow up and are now bringing their babies in.”
She added technology has advanced, and people are in more of a hurry than when she first began as a teller.
“I’ve had lots of work experience that include being a telephone operator, i.e. back when we still used the pull cord wires – yep, I’m that old –a legal secretary for a national food chain, the TABC license and permit office of another food chain,” she said. “I was a word processor – yep, I’m that old – for an engineering firm, I worked in sales for one of the biggest radio stations in Dallas, and worked at radio stations here in Paris also.”
Woodall is known for her loving spirit. One of her friends recently commented on her social media saying, “You are one of those people. You have a wonderful personality. You light up the world and make it a better place.”
Her son Larry added “words cannot express how much I love her. She is head strong and is always positive.”
“She’s lovable. The best mom a son could ask for. Honest. Caring. She does talk … a lot … but she is also a great listener,” Larry said. Her smile will change anyone’s bad mood to uncontrollable laughter. She has a great, big heart which is why she is loved by so many. It’s irreplaceable.”
Referring to her positive and loving attitude, Woodall said she wakes up every morning “knowing it’s going to be a good day.
“It’s my responsibility, on this Earth, to love everyone with the love of the Lord, and be a positive light to everyone,” she said. “I’ve always been a little ‘extra’ with excitement … everything makes me excited! WooHOOOO!!!”
On social media, Woodall said she tries to share a positive message every day, “that is my little nudge to everyone – be kind, be loving, be a friend.”
Woodall was raised in Cooper, “and will forever be a Cooper Bulldog.”
Her dad, Carl McMillan Sr., was a John Deer tractor mechanic and her mom, Louise, made pies for local restaurants. Woodall was married to Steve Sprinkle for 13 years and had their only son Larry. She has now been married to Webber Woodall for 28 years.
Woodall reminisced on when they lived in Garland from 1982 to 1997, when they moved to Lamar Count, “and have loved it since!”
Woodall continues to be active in the community – served with Lamar County Humane Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, both Reno and Paris Kiwanis clubs and Red River Valley Fair Association.
“Molly has been the most pleasant co-worker for 20 years now,” President and CEO Dick Amis said. “After doing some other jobs for us, she found her niche in being a customer service counselor. In that role she got to interact with people and help them with their banking. That interaction with people is what she was meant to do, and is something she is really good at. I applaud her decision to go enjoy life and wish her the very best for a long and happy retirement.”
Woodall and Webber are longtime members of Lamar Avenue Church of Christ.