Saturday, July 4, 2009

35 Year Celebration!


In the fall of 1973 Tommy and I were living on Savannah Avenue in Monroe, LA. He was working for Commerical Insurance Companies as a claims adjuster and I was working at First Baptist Church, Monroe. Tommy had heard that State Farm Insurance was going to be placing a new agent in Bastrop and he wanted to apply for the position. I wish that I could tell you that I supported him in that wish, but I did not. I was 21 years old and as far as I was concerned life was going along just fine. We both had good jobs, had bought a new house and had a relatively new vehicle. Besides, he had moved me 1000 miles away from my family, so why couldn't he live at least 25 miles from his. Being the driven man that he is, he went forth with his desire and made the necessary contacts to find out how he could apply for the position. He just continued to tell me all the positive things about the position and figured I would "jump on board" sooner or later.

A few months later he was approved for the position and we would begin preparing for him to begin on July 1, 1974. There was much to do, selling our home and finding one to buy in Bastrop, finding office space for him to rent and furnishing it with the basic items he would need to run the business. Our funds were very limited so we bought an older small home and remodeled it. He found an old building to rent and hung his sign and opened the doors. He had his work cut out for him. State Farm would pay him a subsidy for the first 2 years, but it was not near enough for us to live on, even with my working. So, off to Bastrop National Bank Tommy went to see about getting a loan. When we signed the papers for that loan, we were both scared too death and wondered how in the world we would ever be able to pay it back.
As the saying goes, "the rest is history." That was 35 years ago and along with a lot of hard work and a very good staff, Tommy has built an agency that now houses over 2400 policies. We are so thankful to the Lord for His giving Tommy this opportunity and to the people of this community for their loyal support throughout the years. Of course, it wasn't long after we moved and Tommy begun his business that I realized it was a good decision and Tommy was most wise to ignore my attitude and go forth with what he thought he should do. It has and continues to be a "good ride."
Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

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