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Daugherty will be missed by friends, community

By Stephen Lega

Wes Daugherty was a successful businessman, owning and operating a local grocery for decades and as one of a group of local investors who purchased Citizens National Bank in 1983.

He died Oct. 14 at the age of 89, and he will be remembered for his generosity.
"He cared about his community. He cared about doing the right thing," said Kathy Thompson, one of Daugherty's friends and co-workers. "He believed in working hard."
Daugherty started his business career working for his father-in-law at Sapp's Grocery. He later took over the business, which was renamed Bestway and Pic Pac Grocery at different times. Thompson worked for Daugherty at the grocery and she always remembered how he cared for his customers.
She described Daugherty as an honest, good man who would help anyone regardless if he or she was a millionaire or living paycheck to paycheck.
As an example of his willingness to help his customers, she noted that he would allow local farmers to purchase items on a charge account so they could buy food until they were paid for their crops.
Daugherty was appointed to the Board of Directors at Citizens National Bank in 1975, and was part of a local ownership group that purchased the bank in 1983.
"He thought because all the owners were from Marion County, they were better able to help the people of Marion County," Thompson said.
Daugherty's civic-mindedness also extended to public service. He served on the city council, including a stint as the mayor pro tem, and he served on the Marion County Industrial Board.
And he took pride in his hometown. In a 1975 profile in the Enterprise, Daugherty boasted about local leaders and resources, including everything from the library to the volunteer fire department to civic groups.
He also supported buying local and investing locally.
"I believe in taking the profits from the community and putting them back in the community," Daugherty was quoted as saying.
Daugherty was the first person Bill Parman met when he moved to Marion County. He clearly left an impression on Parman and they remained friends for decades. Parman said Daugherty was an outdoorsman and they went on many trips together.
"He was one of the most outstanding men you'd ever know," Parman said. "His word was his bond."
Daugherty, a World War II veteran, demonstrated his generosity on a large scale in 2006, when he donated the old Pic Pac and Hardee's properties to Kosair Children's Hospital so the hospital could sell the property, which was valued at $750,000, as a fund-raiser.
"Kosair has done so much, not only for people in Marion County, but in surrounding counties, too," said Daugherty, who was also a Mason and Shriner.
For his friends, that was just another example that demonstrated the kind of person Daugherty was and why he will be missed.
"He was a fine man," Thompson said. "He loved life, and he was a good, good, good man."