By JOHN KIENER
The Washington County Commission has proclaimed Feb. 10 – 17 as Mrs. Bobbye Ayers Webb Week honoring her 40 years of service to county government. Retiring as the county’s budget director, she first took a bookkeeping position under County Judge Jack Wiseman. She worked during the administration of a number of the county’s officials who were elected under a several titles including county chairman, county cxecutive and county mayor.
Born Aug. 4, 1940 in Day Book, Yancey County, North Carolina, she was the first child and only daughter of four children born to Murlin Junior and Geneva Peterson Ayers. Webb died on Oct.19, 2018 at 78 years of age having been a resident of Washington County for 60 years.
Her early life was spent on a farm before the family moved to Johnson City where she attended Stratton and Kings Springs Schools. She excelled in academics and athletics.
After graduating from Science Hill High School in 1958, her family lived in the Keystone Community in Johnson City, about a block from the family-run Webb’s Store on Bert Street.
There she met a store employee, Jack Webb, who she married in 1959. Her husband, her parents and a brother preceded her in death.
Shortly after marriage, Mrs. Webb took a job working for the newly formed C.P.A. accounting firm of Blackburn and Childers. Within a short period of time, the couple purchased a home in Jonesborough where she lived until her death. Honorary pallbearers at her funeral included George Jaynes, Dan Eldridge, Joe Grandy and the members of the Washington County Commission from 1974 to 2018.
Hired by Judge Wiseman, Mrs. Webb excelled throughout her professional life ranging from the respect of her government colleagues to an award for achievement from the Federal Bureau of Accounting for the United States and Canada.
Washington County, in its Dec. 17, 2018 Proclamation honoring her, announced the formation of the Bobbye Webb Endowment Accounting Scholarship through the Northeast State Foundation. The scholarship will provide education funding for students pursuing financial careers. Donations to the scholarship fund may be made to the Northeast State Foundation, P. O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617.