Readers will recognize the face of Medana Hobbs Hemontolor – even if they don’t personally know this outstanding lady.

After all, her face adorns a billboard on Interstate 40 alongside an image of her mother and fellow EXIT Rocky Top C&D Team Realtor Judy Cox.

Medana was born and raised in Lebanon – by more than just two parents. There was her father, Ronnie Hobbs, her mom and of course, her other beloved dad, Mike Cox.

She was the oldest of three siblings with one young brother, Jason Hobbs, and one younger sister, Deborah Cox Henderson. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1988.

From there, Medana attended Middle Tennessee State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and marketing in 1993.

While she was working on her degree, Medana simultaneously worked three jobs, one of them being a cake decorator and baker at Kroger.

Thanks to that job, she met the love of her life, Gregory Lee Hemontolor.

“He worked as customer service manager at the Lebanon Kroger at the same time I was working in the bakery. I did not know much about him even though we had gone to high school together, but I learned quickly that I really liked him,” she said.

On January 26, 1991, they had their first date.

“He asked me to marry him on Sept. 12, 1992, and we were married Sept. 11, 1993, at Immanuel Baptist Church,” she said, calling it the wedding she had always dreamed about.

This year marks their 25th anniversary of being husband and wife. Medana added that she adores her in-laws, Terry and Peggy. Terry passed away Oct. 23, 2017.

“After we married, we lived in a duplex in Lebanon and about nine months later, Greg was accepted at East Tennessee State University’s Biology/Chemistry Graduate Program,” she said.

They lived in Johnson City for four years.

She gave birth to their first son, Evan Gregory Hemontolor, on March 1, 1997, and welcomed second boy, Grayson Lee Hemontolor, on March 6, 2001.

The family returned to Lebanon in October 1998 when Greg accepted at job at Vanderbilt Hospital. Earlier that same year, he donated a kidney to his dad, helping him live for another 19 years.

In 2005, Medana earned her real estate license and joined her parents’ businesses C&D Realty and Cox’s Construction.  After 25 years, C&D Realty merged with EXIT Realty to become EXIT Rocky Top C&D Team.

“I worked alongside Mike as construction coordinator, too. Having that construction knowledge is helpful to me in real estate as well, and I enjoyed working with Mike. I learned a lot from him and enjoyed that opportunity,” Medana said.

“EXIT has opened so many new exciting doors for me and other agents in our office,” she said.

Another reason she loves her career is getting to work with her mother.

“Every day I learn a new ‘real estate nugget’ from her 25 years of experience. I consider myself blessed to be able to work as a team with my mom every day,” she said. “I love meeting new families that want to move to Wilson County or just want to move across town. I love walking them through the house hunting process and getting to know what fits their needs. There is a house for everyone and the Lord already knows where their house is – it is my job to find that house.”

Medana is extremely active in the Wilson County community. She is a member of the Lebanon Kiwanis Club, where she served as president in 2015.

She is also a board member and ambassador with the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce and president of Wilson ONE, a group of women who provide two scholarships a year to non-traditional students in addition to assisting in community projects.

Her family worships at Immanuel Baptist Church, where she was saved, baptized and married.

In June 2016, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer and underwent a partial mastectomy and 30 radiation treatments.

“The support I received from my biggest cheerleader – my husband – my family and my church was overwhelming,” she said. “I do not know how people go through valleys of their lives without Jesus, family and their church family. I received cards of encouragement from people I did not know, people praying for me that I did not know. My aunt, Del Lackey, even formed a Sherry’s Run TEAM MEDANA and the friends and family that walked with me was completely overwhelming.”

In 2018, Medana was asked to be an executive member of the Hope Joy Light Cancer Support Group at Immanuel. She enjoys the opportunity to help other cancer survivors come together and be a support for one another.

She named her mother and grandmother, Allie Lee “Granny” Cummings, as two of the women she admires.