Castle retiring from FLNB after 35 years

A retirement party for David Castle (right) is set for Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at First Liberty National Bank. The public is invited. Pictured with Castle is Bank President Kelly Stretcher.

First Liberty National Bank is announcing the retirement of David Castle, executive vice-president and bank officer over investments, after 35 years of service. Castle’s last day will be Friday, Nov. 16. A reception for Castle will be held in the bank lobby on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to attend.

Castle, one of five sons of the late Dr. Charles William “Bill” Castle and Aggie Castle, is a 1970 graduate of Liberty High School. He attended Texas A&M for more than a year and then transferred to Lamar University in Beaumont where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.

“I came back to Liberty and started with the bank on Jan. 2, 1976, as a management trainee. That was my official title. I started in bookkeeping. The first project I did for the bank was when we converted from a manual system for our checks to a computer system,” he said. “That was a big change for us at the time.”

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After eight years, Castle left the bank to start his own computer accounting systems company offering his services to small businesses in Liberty and the surrounding area. A year later, he returned to banking at Hull State Bank’s branch in Liberty, but the timing was unfortunate as it was when the energy crunch hit Texas, which caused hardships for many banks, particularly those with defaulted energy loans.

“I left to go to work for Fiserv, a data processing company for financial institutions. I worked with that company when I was at First Liberty National Bank when we put in our computer posting system, so I was familiar with their software,” he said. “I worked there for five years, commuting back and forth to Houston. I learned a whole lot. Then I had the opportunity to come back here in 1991 when Mrs. Margaret Pugh, my predecessor, retired.”

Twenty-seven years later, Castle is ready to step aside for his successor. His retirement plans include relocating to El Paso, where he and his wife, Laura, bought a home a couple of years ago.

“I’ve been flying out there once a month and I am ready to get back there,” he said.

The couple’s youngest daughter, Megan, and her husband also live in El Paso with their two children. In addition to spending time with his grandchildren, Castle is looking forward to being more involved with his church.

“We are involved with an Anglican Church in El Paso. I am getting geared up to help with their church outreach,” he said.

If you plan to attend the reception, don’t be late. Castle said he will be at the bank for the three-hour reception and plans to leave immediately afterward to set off on the journey to El Paso. His U-Haul will be packed and ready to go.

“When the reception is over, we are leaving and driving to our daughter Bonnie’s house in Austin for a party with our family and some friends,” Castle said.

First Liberty National Bank’s main branch is located at 1900 Sam Houston Ave., Liberty. The bank has branches in Dayton, Hardin and Huffman. For more information, go online to www.flnb.com.

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