Sherry Quimby was born in Muskogee, Okla. and lived in southwest Kansas for a number of years before her family moved to Dalhart, Texas where she graduated from high school in 1968. Sherry attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University after her high school graduation. She completed the two-year clerical program and was a member of the Aggie Cheer Team. In addition, Sherry worked for Oscar Williams and Jack Begley at the Field House.
Upon completion of the clerical program, Sherry began working at the Texas County District Attorney’s Office before moving to Nampa, Idaho and working for the Canyon County Clerk. In 1973, Sherry moved to Dodge City, Kan. where she worked for the Ford County Court Clerk. Her son Daniel Kimsey was born in Dodge City in 1977 before she moved back to Dalhart and worked at an accounting firm. After a couple of years in Dalhart, Sherry moved to Oklahoma City and worked for General Business Services as a bookkeeper for 27 accounts. In 1992, Sherry moved to Guymon and worked at the Bank of the Panhandle for 22 years before she retired.
Sherry is currently serving as the President of the Guymon Chamber Ambassadors and was named the 2014 Ambassador of the Year. Sherry is a member of the Victory Memorial United Methodist Church and she serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, the Administrative Council and volunteers at the clothing ministry at the church. Sherry is a founding board member of Oklahoma Panhandle Partners that helps raise funds for cancer patients in Cimarron, Texas, and Beaver Counties.
Jim Quimby was born and raised in Hugoton, Kan., on a small farm and ranch. He graduated from Hugoton High School in 1972 as an Outstanding Ag Student. Throughout high school, he won medals livestock judging in FFA. In addition, during his junior and senior years he served as an FFA officer, first as Sentinel and then President. Jim served as the District FFA Treasurer for both those years. He also won the District Beef Judging Contest and District Dairy Judging Contest as a senior.
Jim attended Garden City Community College (GCCC) graduating in 1974 with an Associate’s Degree. As a student at GCCC, he went to numerous Livestock Judging Contests and had the privilege of being on a very successful team. He began taking classes at Panhandle State in the Fall of 1974 and graduated in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Jim was on the Livestock Judging Team at Panhandle. Personally, his best performance was at the Houston Livestock Show where he was the second high individual in sheep and tenth high individual overall.
Jim said, “I had a lot of fun at OPSU and many fond memories of professors, friends and acquaintances. Being a small college you were able to make friends everywhere on campus no matter whether they were involved in ag, athletics, business, fine arts or rodeo. The Block & Bridle Club used to show a lot of OPSU angus and Hereford cattle at the Panhandle Exposition in Guymon every fall. Several of us worked a lot of hours to prepare for that by halter breaking and showing the cattle and sheep. One of my favorite things has always been supporting OPSU and attend sporting and other events as time allows, especially the tailgating for OPSU football the past 2 years.”
After graduation, Jim began work as a herdsman for Kramer Herefords at Hugoton, Kan. through a connection made at the Panhandle State Bull Test. After a decision to sell the cowherd at Kramer’s, Jim was involved in a farming and ranching partnership for the next ten years in Boise City before going to work for the Farmers Home Administration in Boise City in November 1985. Jim got transferred to Beaver the next year when the County Supervisor there passed away, and was able to move to Guymon as the County Supervisor, in May 1990. In September of 1996, Jim got the opportunity to go to work for Bank of the Panhandle in Guymon and has been there for the last 21 years as a loan officer.
“It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to work for a Bank that is locally owned and be surrounded by wonderful employees each day. Bank of the Panhandle believes in giving back to the community they serve, both monetarily and physically. We have numerous employees that are part of organizations, boards and volunteer their service. Being able to give back to the community has enabled me to be a good volunteer and involved in numerous projects. This satisfied my need to help people and make this community a better place to live.”
Jim was a member of Class XI of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program, a two-year program that is culminated by a 10-day international trip. He traveled to Holland, Poland, and Germany in what was the trip of a life time. Jim is a founding board member of Oklahoma Panhandle Partners, which helps raise funds for cancer patients in Cimarron, Texas, and Beaver Counties. Additionally, he has been a member of the Guymon Chamber of Commerce where he served 2 terms as president and is a Guymon Ambassador. He also is a long-time member of the Rodeo committee and served as Chairman in five separate years.
Jim also served as past Chairman and a current board member of Artist Incubation that oversees the “All Fired Up Gallery” in Guymon where Panhandle State art students show and sell their artwork. He was in Leadership Guymon in 1997, was named the Guymon Ambassador of the Year in 2008, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2006, 2012 and 2016. He was named Citizen of the Year by the City of Guymon in 2016. Jim is a past President of the Great Plains Bankers Association and a long-time member of the Guymon Elks Lodge. He is a member of the Victory Memorial United Methodist Church and currently serves on the finance and administrative council committees at church. Jim has one daughter, Lacey and her husband Bobby, and three grandchildren, Rainie, Reise, and Ryleigh. Jim and Sherry have been happily married for over 21 years and have lived in Guymon over 27 years.
“I consider all the Oklahoma Panhandle, adjoining counties in Kansas, and north part of Texas as home and believe this is the best place that anyone could live. The friendliness and hospitality of the people in this area is second to none. One of my favorite sayings is that you can never have enough friends, you never know when you might need one.”