“I’ve made a lot of friends.” That statement made by Geneva Myers during her retirement party June 15, rang true with many in attendance to honor her work.
Myers, a county employee for the past 27 years, was honored by friends, family and co-workers at the Fort Sanders Sevier County Senior Center. It was a time for those acquainted with Myers to wish her a farewell and thank you for her years of service in the community.
In 1977, Myers began her career with the county as an outreach worker. “I’d go out in the field and help those with the greatest needs,” stated Myers. “I’d do everything, from getting groceries to picking up medicines.”
By 1982 she had taken the reins as Director of the Office on Aging and the Senior Citizens Center, a title that she held until her recent retirement. “I continued with all the things I was doing, plus taking care of the Senior Center,” said Myers.
“I’ve made a lot of good friends during those years and have a lot of good memories. One of the best memories is the reality of the new Senior Center. It’s something we’ve looked forward to since we had the old center on Old Knoxville Hwy.”
Myers said she is sad to leave but will continue part time working with the Riverview Apartments and with E-Z Access.
“I’m retiring but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to stay home,” stated Myers. “I’m still going to help out.”
Those in attendance talked about their relationships with Myers over the years. “I worked with Geneva in Social Services with seniors,” stated friend Mary Vance. “I hope she has lots of fun after retirement. She deserves it! She’s the one behind the scenes that gets everything done.”
County Mayor Larry Waters stated, “I hate to see her go. She’s done an outstanding job for the seniors of Sevier County. But she’ll continue to work on the Council on Aging – the company that owns the Riverside Apts. and E-Z Access.”
The new acting Director is Lisa Yarber and Myers had no worries about turning over the work load to Yarber. “Lisa has worked in a facility that’s much the same. She knows the seniors and she’ll do a fantastic job.”
On the final goodbyes Lou Bregante of Sevierville stated simply, “She’s put in 27 years. That’s a long time. I wish her the best on her retirement.”

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