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Depriest to retire after 37 years

Is thankful for his tenure in banking


He started at what is now PNC Bank on May 30, 1975. At the end of this month, Rod Depriest is calling it quits.

“I always heard you’d know when it was ‘time,’” Depriest said. “After 37 years it’s time to do something different. I don’t know what, yet.”

Depriest started as a courier at the Ironton bank that has had several names and had every job on the ladder all the way to vice president, which is where he was when he decided to retire.

“I had a couple of great bosses. Don Edwards gave me my start in ‘75. I’m very grateful. I worked for Dick Adcock, and I’ve worked with Phil Raynes, the regional manager (of PNC),” Depriest said. “Banking has been good to me and I enjoy the customers; I enjoy helping people.”

Depriest said over the years he has gotten to know 99 percent of his customers by name. A few wouldn’t leave Depriest even when they left Lawrence County. One customer who lives in Texas still calls him for advice.

Depriest said he still remain active in the Ironton Rotary Club and other community service organizations. And he will enjoy spending time with his wife, Becky, two daughters and four grandchildren.