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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.”

SGBC Cordele Gets Involved

Playing an active role in the community is important to South Georgia Banking Company. From serving on local boards and volunteering to showing support for our local schools, the employees at SGBC Cordele enjoy giving back to our community. We would also like to thank the residents of Crisp County for voting us "Best Bank" in a reader's survey in the Cordele Dispatch. We truly appreciate the recognition for our efforts.

Out and About

Board Members

  • Ed Vaughn: Crisp County Chamber of Commerce, President-elect
  • Monica Watson: Habitat for Humanity, board memeber
  • Roxie Bagwell: Industrial Development Council, board member

Community Volunteers

  • Ed Vaughn: Kiwanis Club & Boy Scouts of America
  • Paula Greene: Kiwanis Club
  • Brad Christian: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, local area high school sportswriter & Crisp County Chamber of Commerce ambassador
  • Kathy Campbell: Big Brothers/Big Sisters & teacher of the Empowerment Zone First Time Home Buyer Workshop
  • Beverly Helms: Crisp Academy athletic booster & children's choir director
  • Monica Waston: Children's ministry worker



  • Farmers Appreciation Banquet
  • Public Safety Appreciation Banquet
  • USDA Soil & Water Conservation Banquet
  • Athletic Booster, Crisp County High School
  • Crisp Academy Booster
  • Watermelon Festival
  • ABAC Foundation Scholarship (presented to a graduating Crisp Co. senior)
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