April 1, 2013
On Good Friday, March 29, 2013 at 1:56 p.m., I made a $10 deposit at the Yadkin Plaza branch of Suntrust Bank.
A lady was about two minutes behind me and four more customers came through the drive-up, that my dad, Jack Wishon, used to run, back when it was Central Carolina Bank.
This would not ordinarily be worth comment, except that we were the final six customers of this branch.
I must be getting older than I realize, because I was 13 when it opened, and I’m now 51. As I remember, some called it “The Crackerbox” as it was only 12 by 36 feet. After a little research, I found that the grand opening was held Friday, May 30, 1975, which was about two months before Hanes Mall opened in Winston-Salem.
Dad had been working in the downtown branch since 1948, at what is now the corner of South Jackson and Main Street. In 1959, they moved to the current building at 200 South State Street. Then it was the Bank of Yadkin and in June of 1969 it was acquired by CCB.
Dad was transferred to the plaza branch, and at the time there were two teller windows and a drive-up. In fact I used to help him put letters on one of those trailer-signs out front. Frequently a storm would trip the burglar alarm and dad would have to go over and reset it. One day it became a drive-in bank when a car crashed into it!
It saddens me to see this bank close, but as I said to the three employees there when I left and as they said in “The Godfather.” “It’s not personal, it’s just business!”
So plaza customers, please come to the downtown branch at 200 South State St., just southwest of the courthouse.
Thank you for continuing to allow Suntrust to handle your money, it’s sort of a family thing , you know!