After nearly 35 years, Brenda Tomberlin is retiring from Coffee County Farm Bureau.
When she first sat down in Harold Willis’s office for an interview with him, George Brown and Catherine Meredith, she knew Farm Bureau was something special. She was hired and became a bookkeeper. From there, she moved into membership secretary and serviced property and life insurance contracts – positions she held for the first 15 years of her career. She is currently a health plans representative.
“I’ve seen a lot of changes,” Tomberlin said. “I remember our first computer. It was huge and sat on a large table in our office and we all had to share it.
“Receipts were written on a machine that has a carbon duplicate and you had to pull then handle to roll it out of the machine. When I wrote a check, I had to put it in a check printed that embossed the amount on the check. We still have the check printer. The ink is probably dried up,” Tomberlin said.
Throughout her career, Tomberlin said she’s built so many relationships in Farm Bureaus throughout the state.
“We are one big family,” she said.
Her favorite part of time at Farm Bureau is the service she was able to provide to her board members and clients. She said it always put a smile on her face when she was able to help someone fix or understand their situation.
“I am going to miss my Farm Bureau family,” Tomberlin said. “But I am looking forward to spending more time with my husband, my children and grandchildren. I’ll also be busy in the flower gardens, reading and helping my church. My husband, Tommie, and I also plan to do a little traveling.”
Her boss, Mark McBride, the head agent at Farm Bureau, said it has been a pleasure to work with Tomberlin.
“Brenda has been an integral to the success of the Coffee County Farm Bureau for the past 34 years,” McBride said. “Her professionalism and dedication has propelled our organization to great heights. During her tenure, our county has been recognized as a President’s Award Winner and Pinnacle Award Winner every year. Her legacy will be long remembered and will serve as a standard that we will continue to strive for. We wish her an enjoyable and successful retirement.”
Coffee County Farm Bureau is holding a reception to celebrate her career on Thursday, June 27 from 2-5 p.m. in the corral room in the basement of Farm Bureau, 225 E. Main St. All are welcome.