Century Next Bank is honored to salute two Hometown Heroes in Ashley County.
First, we have Gage Selby of Hamburg, the 18-year old son of Eric and Carmen Selby. Gage recently graduated from Hamburg High School this past May. Since the age of four, Gage has always wanted to be an “Army Man.” His mom shared with us that she believes this is Gage’s calling. She reflected on a scripture that comes to mind when she thinks of her son: “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8). Gage left in June for Basic Training in Fort Benning, Georgia.
We also honor Tori Simmons from Crossett, Arkansas. He is the son of Disha Ellis-Austin, our North Crossett Branch Manager, and Shane Austin. Tori is the youngest and only boy of the family. Tori has always wanted to serve his country. He was in the Air Force ROTC while the family lived in Cabot. When they moved back to Crossett during Tori’s sophomore year of high school, he was devastated to learn that the ROTC program had been canceled in Crossett the prior school year. He didn’t let that keep him down. He stuck with his goal of being in the military and enlisted in the Army after his senior year at Crossett High School. He is currently stationed in Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Korea. It’s a 16-hour time difference, but that does not stop the family from having regular “family group texts and family FaceTime.”
We here at Century Next are very proud of these young adults. Thank you, Gage and Tori, for your service to our country.