— The First National Bank of Weatherford will celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the town’s favorite businessmen – Fred Werner.
Known as the “Dean of Weatherford Bankers,” Werner began his career at FNB in 1963 at the age of 18. He started in the bookkeeping department filing checks, and eventually rose to the position of loan officer.
Werner is a Weatherford High School graduate and has always had as much affection for his hometown as it has had for him. He currently serves as senior vice president and marks 50 years with the bank on March 4. A special reception in his honor is being hosted at the bank’s downtown location 2-4 p.m. on Friday, March 1.
“Fred is an institution within an institution. He has banked multiple generations here in Parker County,” said bank president Lin Bearden. “In addition to being a great banker, which is obvious after tenure of 50 years, he is just simply one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Everybody in town knows Fred or knows of him, and I have never heard anything negative. They just love him.”
Fred has made tens of thousands of loans during his successful run. Additionally, he has always made time for anyone in the community with a need. He has served on numerous charitable organizations in Parker County including the Gideon’s, Weatherford Optimist Club and Red Cross. He served as treasurer for the Salvation Army of Parker County for 40 years.
Today, Werner is leading a new branch of the bank that opened on College Park Drive in Weatherford. When he is not banking, Werner enjoys crappie and sand bass fishing, as well as telling some entertaining stories about the people of and events in Weatherford over the last half century. The community is invited to come congratulate Werner on his previous and next 50 years with First National Bank of Weatherford.