Brothers retire with over 80 years of service - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Brothers retire with over 80 years of service

Billy and Bobby Stokes   Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Billy and Bobby Stokes Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) -                                        
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District's (District) employees, Bobby Stokes and Billy Stokes, are retiring from the River Operations Branch of the Operations Division with a combined total of 80 years of service.

Bobby Stokes first worked with the Corps as a tying tool mechanic with the Mat Sinking Unit (MSU), and his current position is Supervisory Facility Manager in the Maintenance Section of the River Operations Branch.  He has a total of over 38 years of service.

A native of Vicksburg, he is married to Cathy Stokes, and they are the parents of three sons and two grandsons.

"It has been a great experience working for the Vicksburg District while doing a lot of different things and meeting a lot of people," said Bobby Stokes.

Billy Stokes began his career with the District as a winchman on the MSU.  He currently works as a revetment operations assistant on the MSU.  He has worked for the Corps for over 42 years.

He is a native of Vicksburg.  He and his wife, Carolyn Stokes, are the parents of two sons and two daughters, and they have 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

"It has been an enjoyable journey, and I have made friends that will last forever," said Billy Stokes.

The MSU performs one of the most important jobs in the Corps' river stabilization program, which works to distribute articulated concrete mat squares on the river banks.

It employs approximately 60 full time employees and 240 seasonal and temporary employees who reside in several states. With the program executing between $20 million to $60 million of work annually, various economies benefit from their employment.

The District's Maintenance Section is a large hired labor work force that works on flood protection and navigation structures in the multiple states of Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas and executes $12-$14 million a year. 

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