ECFCU president steps down after 45 years

Harry Lee Smith

Independence on the Coast was never an event until Harry Lee Smith arrived as Uncle Sam.

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Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 09:31 AM.

Harry Lee Smith tried for several years to retire as president of Emerald Coast Federal Credit Union.

He expressed a desire for someone else to have the opportunity to help as he had, to serve as he had, to enjoy and be blessed as he had.

He just couldn’t find any takers, not as long as Smith agreed to return to the fold.

So, finally, after 45 years, Smith made the decision easy, formally resigning in a letter to the members of the board of the credit union in order to preempt any attempts to back him down from his decision.

Smith simply thought it time another had the joy and blessing of service.

“I just enjoy helping people,” Smith said about why he stayed in the volunteer position for 45 years. “We have great employees and there is really a charitable heart in that place. That kind of stuff I enjoy.

“That is the only bank left that is a hometown bank run by local people. I was lucky before that nobody wanted to take my place. I wanted to let other people have the opportunity to serve that I did. The credit union will go on.”

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