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Huntingdon Festival Honors Mike Cary

Posted 10/2/19

Mike Cary, president of Carroll Bank and Trust, was honored as the Citizen of the Year during the annual Huntingdon Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 28. Mayor Dale Kelley presented the award …

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Huntingdon Festival Honors Mike Cary

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Mike Cary, president of Carroll Bank and Trust, was honored as the Citizen of the Year during the annual Huntingdon Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 28. Mayor Dale Kelley presented the award at 10 a.m. on the stage in front of the Carroll County Courthouse.

Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley said, “Today we honor a young man who left his community seeking his fortune in the big city but came to realize that there was no greater place to raise his family then his hometown of Huntingdon.”

Mike Cary is one of the twin sons born to Billy M. & Sylvia C. Cary on April 8, 1970. Mike’s grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Graper Cary of Westport and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Carter of Huntingdon. 

Growing up in Huntingdon afforded Mike a childhood with a Christian upbringing, neighborhood play, activities such as baseball and scouts, and plenty of yard work. Billy and Sylvia saw that their boys learned the values of honesty, respect for others, and a good work ethic. Summers spent in the gardens at Graper and Evelyn’s and the livestock pens of Howard and Opal’s gave Mike a perspective on farm living and self-sufficiency. 

The Huntingdon school system welcomed the twin boys. Local educators, who Mike came to love and respect, challenged him to do his best. Billy and Sylvia always told Mike and Mark “you can do anything you set your mind to.” Mike, a good student, was active in various school activities. Playing football with the Huntingdon Mustangs, Mike and Mark, learned valuable life lessons in teamwork, self-sacrifice, and discipline. 

Encouraged by their parents and teachers, the Cary boys left town for the University of Tennessee at Martin. Graduating with honors, Nell Gullett, Mike’s advisor at UTM encouraged him to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Memphis. Mike moved to Memphis, went to work for Union Planters and completed his Master’s Degree. Mike and Mark encouraged one another to pursue excellence in all aspects of their lives and still do to this day.  

It is at this point Mike began to date the love of his life, Mary Susan Hodges, the daughter of Charles and Brooke Hodges. Mike and Susan married on September 14, 1996. They lived in Memphis for a year or so before making the decision to move back home to Huntingdon. They knew Huntingdon would be a great place to raise a family and they looked forward to a sense of community. Mike and Susan have enjoyed living and raising their children in Huntingdon and remain committed to improving their community. 

Mike and Susan, knowing that shared unique experiences are what brings people together, opened 1822 Coffee Company located in Downtown Huntingdon, where they are “Building Community one cup at a Time.”  Mike and Susan serve their community in various capacities. Mike serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church, a member of the Huntingdon Lions Club, and chairman of the Huntingdon Industrial Board. Susan serves our community as vice-president of the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center and a board member with the Huntingdon Alumni Association. Susan also serves citizens of Huntingdon as a pharmacist with City Drug Co. 

 Mike is the president and CEO of Carroll Bank and Trust.  Mike serves the greater West Tennessee area as a board member with Baptist Memorial Hospital Huntingdon and Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation. As a director of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Mike is able to offer the Fed a first-hand view of the economic conditions in West Tennessee. Mike has past service on the Habitat for Humanity Board, the Carl Perkins Board, and the Bethel University Board of Trustees. Mike is a past recipient of the Carroll County Business Person of the Year and the Town of Huntingdon Pinnacle of Excellence Award. 

Mike and Susan are blessed with three wonderful children, Carter, Campbell and Claire - all of whom are enrolled in the Huntingdon school system and carrying on many of our great traditions.

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