Employees saluted for longtime service
Longtime Vance County employees were honored for their years of hard work and dedication to the community Thursday night during the County of Vance Employee Recognition Banquet.
As county commissioners and various departments shared a meal and danced to musical entertainment, the fellowship amongst them was evident, many bonded by their years of service together.
Carolyn Bagley, who retired last November, was the longest standing employee honored for dedicating 40 years of work to the Vance County Cooperative Extension office.
“I had some really, really great people over the years to work for,” Bagley said. “I just worked with some wonderful people, and I’m a native of Vance County.
“I just enjoyed it, and I learned a lot at the office.”
Now in retirement, Bagley enjoys spending her time gardening, a trade she learned through cooperative extension.
“You learned a lot,” Bagley said. “How to grow stuff. We did horticulture, flowers. That’s become one of my hobbies now.”
Honored for 35 years of employment in Vance County was Jerry Ayscue, county manager, and Delores Woodard, Emergency Medical Services account specialist.
Ayscue began work in Vance County on Jan. 27, 1977, at the Department of Social Services. He was later employed by the finance department, where he served a dual role that would lead him to county manager.
“His professionalism and dedication and devotion to his job and employees is beyond reproach,” said Tommy Hester, chairman of the board of commissioners. “We are very fortunate in Vance County to have someone of his talents and experience to be in the job that he is in.”
Demonstrating his devotion to the county, Ayscue took on extra workloads during times of need.
Last year he acted as interim social services director prior to Linda Fry’s appointment to the position in late October, and he currently acts as the county’s interim finance director, a role that will end next week.
“I believe in what I’m doing,” Ayscue said. “Public service is a privilege, and I perceive my career, my profession as a calling for me.
“It’s a good feeling to be able to serve other people, and it’s consistent with the values in my life.”
Woodard began working for the county when she joined the finance department on March 1, 1977.
During Woodard’s tenure, she has seen numerous changes, including advancements in technology that have made her job easier.
“I was doing bank deposits, writing out bank deposits on slips you actually took to the bank,” Woodard said. “Now I can sit at my desk and I have a check scanner that money will go directly to the bank account.
“That really fascinates me.”
Woodard’s love for her job has made 35 years of employment seem to rush by.
“It’s been a short 35 years in a way,” Woodard said. “I just love my job. I hope I can stay at least another five years.”
Angela Alston, who began her career with Vance County in the Fire and Ambulance Department in 1982, was honored for 30 years of employment with the county.
She currently resides as the department’s Telecommunications Training Supervisor.
Recognition was also given to individuals reaching 25, 20, 15, 10, and five years of employment with the county.
Today, the 12 citizens providing between 25 and 40 years of service to Vance County have combined to total more than 150 years of employment, and over 100,000 man hours.
“I’m proud of the county employees that we’ve got, and I’m proud of what they do,” Hester said. “I care about the employees in this community.
“We have a good county staff and the employees are dedicated.”
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• Shirley Duke, ABC office since Jan. 1, 1987.
• Elizabeth Lyles, senior library associate at Perry Memorial Library. She has worked for the library since May 1, 1987.
• Jeffery Marrow, deputy sheriff who came to work for the sheriff’s office May 1, 1987.
• Terry Boone, telecommunications shift supervisor who started her career at Vance County Emergency Operations Center on June 1, 1987.
• Fannie Kincaid, telecommunications shift supervisor at Vance County Emergency Operations Center. She came to work for the county on June 1, 1987.
• Ann Burrows, secretary for the cooperative extension office. She came to work for the extension office Aug. 3, 1987.
• Gwendolyn Leake, income maintenance caseworker III at DSS. She came to work for the department on Oct. 5, 1987.
• Anne Railey, income maintenance caseworker III at DSS. She came to work on Dec. 15, 1987.
• Artelia Adams, social worker III in the Adult Services Unit at DSS. She came to work for the Department on Jan. 2, 1992 as a social worker.
• Weldon Bullock, Jr., administrative captain in the sheriff’s office. He came to work March 16, 1992.
Durwood Campbell, sheriff’s office; Kimberly Choplin, DSS; Patricia Moseley, retired, senior center; Linda Strider, senior center; Brenda Wilkerson-Williams, detention center; Ruby Williams, detention center.
Lionel Branche, DSS; Shelia Breedlove, ROD; Billy Gooch, sheriff’s office; Michael Massenburg, sheriff’s office; Catherine Nowell, DSS; Barbara Parham, library; John Schell, planning and development; Amy Stockinger, E911; Rosie Williams, DSS; and Nancy Wilson, tourism.
Myron Alexander, sheriff’s office; Andre Alston, sheriff’s office; Dale Blasiman, sheriff’s office; Karen Daniels, sheriff’s office; Jackie Davis, detention center; Tiffany Gray, DSS; Lindsay Green, sheriff’s office; Latori Hargrove, detention center; Carolyn Hart, senior center; Meredith Houchins, DSS; William Jenkins, Fire & EMS; Vivian Lassiter, E911; Darlene Satterwhite, sheriff’s office; Craig Thorpe, sheriff’s office; Cassandra Williams, DSS.