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JESSICA HALE
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PRESTONSBURG — "The floodwaters (of 1957) receded and we found Gilva," said First Commonwealth Bank President/CEO Greg Wilson, as he described the beginning of Gilva Horn's career at a celebration held Friday in honor of her 50th year as an employee.
Horn has become somewhat of a fixture within the bank, serving the citizens of Floyd County since Feb. 2, 1957. She was hired on Feb. 1 of that year, at which time First Commonwealth was known as First National Bank and was under eight feet of floodwater. With those murky darkened waters came an individual who has made her mark in the business of banking, working her way up the ladder to her current position as assistant vice president.
During her 50 years of service, Horn has served under four bank presidents and moved along with the times as banking became computerized and changed the business forever.
"Throughout all of the change at First Commonwealth Bank throughout the years, Gilva has remained a constant," said Wilson.
Horn's supervisor, Phillip Elliott spoke a few words during the presentation, saying that he did not see himself as Horn's supervisor because she always knew what she was doing and what needed to be done next.
"I think everyone who works here knows that she doesn't need a supervisor," Elliott said.
Bank Chairman Burl Wells Spurlock was also on hand to give his thanks to Horn.
"Gilva has gone from the horse and buggy days to the days of space flight," Spurlock said as he described her career.
Friday's celebration included a slideshow of photographs of Horn throughout the years and a reception with friends and family afterwards in her honor.
"I appreciate everyone coming very, very much," Horn said as she fought back tears of joy.
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