Emma V. Smith – Family, work, church focus of retired Iberville Bank branch manager

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com
Emma V. Smith

If you have walked into Iberville Bank in St. Gabriel over the past 37 years, chances are you have met Emma V. Smith, retired branch manager.

Smith began her career while still at Sunshine High School as a GCE student before she graduated in 1975 and was hired full-time as a teller.

"It was really a privilege to live in a community and serve the community that I lived in," Smith said. "I got to see my customers go from opening a young savers account to closing their mortgage loans. To be able to serve generations and be apart of so many lives over that period of time was truly a blessing."

Smith's career led her to positions including drive-in teller, head teller, bookkeeper, loan department officer, assistant branch manager and branch manager. She retired on her 55th birthday May 31.

"It was very rewarding and a privilege that I don't take lightly based on the requirements now," Smith said.

Iberville Bank provided continuous education through Louisiana Banker's Association, which allowed Smith to take classes on the principles of banking, law and banking, communications, consumer lending and marketing. She also studied two summers at LSU's School of Banking and finished a one-year program of supervisory training after attending Delta School of Business in accounting.

Along the way, she was a member of East Iberville Stakeholders and was on the Team City Committee for the city of St. Gabriel.

"Whenever there was something through the city and they needed donations or people to work, we volunteered," Smith said.

For a woman without many hobbies, she has found a way to stay busy upon retirement.

"I am enjoying retirement," Smith said. "I still volunteer at my church and help take care of my aunt. And, I have a new granddaughter that is going to keep me busy."

Smith attends Word of Life Christian Center in Darrow and recently enrolled in the school of ministry. She is also a caregiver for her 75-year-old aunt.

A long-time resident of St. Gabriel, Smith has been married to William Smith Jr. for the past 32 years. They have one son, William Smith III, 30, and one daughter Lyndra Smith, 24. The newborn is Genelle Lynn Smith.

"We watch football and I like to travel," Smith said. "The children were always playing three sports every year so that took up a lot of time but we do plan to travel more.

"I love college football and watching movies. My husband likes to barbeque so he does most of the cooking. We spend a lot of time together and our family life has been really wonderful."

Smith said being selected a Woman of Iberville is an honor.

"It always gives you a warm feeling when somebody considers what you have done," Smith said. "It means that much more that somebody would mention your name. I give God the glory for it all."