WesBanco executive announces retirement

PARKERSBURG -After spending 40 years in the banking industry in Parkersburg, Larry Johnson has announced his retirement from WesBanco.

Johnson is the market president for the Parkersburg region for WesBanco. He has been employed at WesBanco for 40 years, starting May 1, 1973, at the Commercial Banking and Trust Co. He also worked two years for the FDIC.

Johnson, who turned 65 in January, said he reached the “magic number.”

“I decided 40 years was enough,” he said. “I had some other things to do with my time.”

Johnson’s last day of work will be April 30. WesBanco officials will hold a retirement reception at the Market Street offices April 29.

Johnson’s retirement won’t necessarily mean a break from work.

“It depends on what you call work,” he said. “I won’t be employed.”

“Most bankers are involved in community activities,’ Johnson added. “We have had our share.”

Previously, Johnson served as the Chamber of Commerce president, was a member of the Wood County Board of Education and sat on the board of directors of the Greater Parkersburg Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Johnson said he’ll remain active in his church and the community. He’ll still be involved with Downtown PKB and the Economic Roundtable and will maintain ties with the Lions Club of Parkersburg, where he’s served for nearly 40 years.

Johnson is a former international director of the Lions and has held numerous local offices. He is presently club treasurer.

Johnson said he wants to pursue some things around the house. And he plans to stay in the area – most of the time.

“Some of my friends have packed off and headed to The Villages,” he said. “I might spend some time in the winter enjoying some southern temperatures.”