Janey Pasley, 54, Executive Vice President of BancorpSouth branch in Carlisle is set to retire on May 3.

Pasley, who is also lifelong resident of Lonoke County, has served over 36 years in banking at Carlisle. Now after more than three decades in banking, Pasley said she believes it is time for her to retire and start a new adventure.

“I just felt like it was time,” Pasley said. “God has been good to us… so good to me. I just think he has another plan for me.”

According to Pasley, her banking career began on Jan. 3 1977. Just 18 years old and fresh out of high school, Pasley took her first position in bookkeeping at Citizens Bank and Trust. From there she began working her way up, learning numerous positions at the bank.

“I’ve worked every area of the bank except trust,” Pasley said.

Despite the bank’s merger in April 1997 to First United Bank and onto it’s purchase by BancorpSouth on Aug. 31, 2000, Pasley stayed with her hometown bank. Pasley, who is currently a loan officer, has held many titles at the bank, including assistant cashier, vice president, senior vice president and her current title of executive vice president, which she received in February 2002.

“I always felt like God put me here,” Pasley said. “And I hope he is pleased with what I’ve done. Behind him is my family and co-workers … we’ve always been a team.”

Pasley said she is going to miss working since she has “never not worked”. She said she is also going to miss her co-workers and customers.

“I care about the people I work with and the people I serve on a daily basis,” Pasley said. “I’m going to miss that, even though I’m looking forward to a new adventure. Me leaving is not going to change who we [BancorpSouth] are in Carlisle. There are great people here to serve Carlisle. I wish everyone the best.”

BancorpSouth President Al Morris of the Stuttgart Market, which includes the Carlisle, Hazen, Brinkley and Stuttgart BancorpSouth banks, said Pasley has insured that her co-workers are able to pick up duties she currently handles once she leaves.

“She has adequately prepared her staff to take over her responsibilities when she retires,” Morris said. “She have been very conscientious about that too.”

According to Pasley, her main focus in life has always been community service.

“It [community service] has been a big part of who I’ve been,” Pasley said.

Pasley has served in numerous organizations in Carlisle and Lonoke County. She was a founding member and served on the boar of directors for the Lonoke County Leadership Program, which was formed to develop leaders in Lonoke County. Pasley is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Carlisle and is currently serving on the board for the Carlisle Economic Development Corporation.

“She has devoted, really a major part of her life to that bank and the community,” Morris said. “She has been selfless in her devotion to the bank and the community… she really has.”

Morris added that although he has only worked with Janet four year, he knows Janet has been an inspiration to others and will be sorely missed by co-workers and the community.

“I think she has been an inspiration to everyone, including myself,” Morris said. “She is a very Christian lady who has inspired everyone she works with. I really do appreciate the time I’ve worked with Janet. You don’t find very many people as extraordinary as Janet Pasley.”

Pasley has been married to her husband Donnie for 37 years. They have two children Randall and Hollie, son in law Whitney and two grandchildren, Holden and Morgan.

At this time Pasley said she is not sure what she will do in the future, with the exception of keeping her grandchildren this summer.

“I’m going to spend some time deciding what I want to be when I grow up,” Pasley said. “I really don’t know what the future for me is going to hold. “

In honor of Pasley, a retirement party will be held from 3-5 p.m. on May 2 in the bank lobby. The bank and drive through will be closing at 3 p.m. in lieu of the celebration. The public is invited to attend.