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South Georgia Banking Company’s Neil Joiner to Retire after 35 Years of Service to Dooly County

December 31st will mark the end of Neil Joiner’s dedicated service to the banking industry of Dooly County. Joiner’s retirement comes after 35 years of banking; first as a loan officer and president for Bank of Dooly and eventually as City President for South Georgia Banking Company’s Vienna branch.



A native of Dooly County, Joiner graduated from Unadilla High School in 1970 and went on to pursue a degree in Business Management from Valdosta State University. He was a graduate of Georgia Banking School and received another degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.



Though his career in banking kept Joiner busy, he has also been an active member of the community. He served as a board member for the Dooly County Chamber of Commerce for over 30 years, and has been a long time member and serves as current chairman for several local development authorities including: Crisp-Dooly Joint Development Authority, Dooly County Industrial Development Authority, Vienna Development Authority and Vienna Downtown Development Authority.



Joiner has served in various positions with the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA) and the Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA), including several terms as Director of CBA.



Neil and his wife, Jane, have been married since 1974 and had triplets in 1978: Erin, Seth and Carrie. They now have four grandchildren: Abby, Melanie, Megan and Walt. The Joiner family is active in Vienna First Baptist Church where Neil currently serves as deacon, church pianist and Sunday school teacher.



Neil’s hobbies include writing, music and fishing. He is publishing his first book this year, an illustrated patriotic poem entitled, “What America Is” - which was inspired by his triplets who were five years old when he wrote the poem.



Joiner will be missed as both a hardworking and vibrant member of the South Georgia Banking Company family and the Dooly banking industry as a whole. SGBC will be holding a retirement reception in Joiner’s honor on Friday, December 11th from 3pm to 5pm at their Vienna location, 210 South 3rd Street. All are welcomed. Come help us celebrate Neil Joiner who believes that “George Bailey continues to provide the best example of what a banker should be.”

About Us

South Georgia Banking Company is a full-service, independent, locally owned bank. Our locations in Tift, Colquitt, Turner, Crisp and Dooly counties provide a solid base for our wide variety of banking services targeted primarily to the consumer, small business and agricultural sectors.


In 1970, a  local group of businessmen in Omega, GA took measures to convert the Citizens Service Bank, a regulated certificated bank, to a state chartered bank; they applied for FDIC insurance and on April 15, 1970 the state bank charter was granted and the name was changed to South Georgia Banking Company.  By mid-year deposits were insured through the FDIC. The bank operated independently at the Omega location until 1976 when a Tifton branch was opened on Fourth Street.  This building still serves as one of our branch offices. 

In 1987, with deposit growth and an increasing customer base, the bank opened a second Tifton Office at 725 W. 2nd Street which now serves as the bank’s main office.  Then in 2000 following changes in regulations to allow branching across county lines, SGBC opened an office in Moultrie, Georgia on the east bypass.  In July 2004, SGBC opened a third location, convenient to Tifton’s fastest growing sector on Tift Avenue, north of 20th Street.  Significant expansion plans were realized in 2006 with the acquisition of Community National Bank in Ashburn and Cordele, Georgia.  SGBC’s most recent acquisition was completed in 2014 with the addition of the Bank of Dooly in Vienna, Georgia, increasing South Georgia Banking Company's locations to eight offices in five South Georgia counties. 

Each of our locations strive to achieve our mission by providing service beyond expectations.  The words of our 70’s original theme song still ring true today, “we take your banking personally”.