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* WASHINGTON (8/19/08)--Metropolitan Baptist Church FCU, based in Suffolk, Va., has merged with Alexandria, Va.-based HEW FCU, effective Aug. 1 (FOCUS Newsletter Aug. 18). HEW was selected because it can further the level of service and increase access to MBC FCU's members. According to Jeffrey Goff, vice president for administration at HEW FCU, the credit union's service in its Washington, D.C., underserved field of membership makes it a great fit. He noted that a similar church-based credit union merger in 2005 with Queen of Peace DC FCU was successful. The combined credit union has more than 20,500 members and $130 million in assets … * RICHMOND, Va. (8/19/08)--Byron Franklin Willard Jr., 64, died Aug. 14 in Richmond. He recently retired as president/CEO of Richmond Postal CU. Active in the credit union industry throughout his career, Willard served as a director and chapter president of the North Caroline Credit Union League and was elected Outstanding Credit Union Person of the Year in 1977. He is survived by his wife Sara Newpher Willard; two sons and five grandchildren (Winston-Salem Journal Aug. 17) …


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