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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.”

It's a Big Year for SGBC


 It’s a big year for South Georgia Banking Company. April marks the 40-year anniversary in Tift County and the 10-year anniversary in Colquitt County.

“We are excited to announce our anniversaries in Tift and Colquitt counties,” said Glenn Willis, President of SGBC. “Many things have changed over the years, but one thing has remained the same—our long-term customer relationships and the strength of our banking institution.”

SGBC first established roots in Omega in 1970 with the conversion of Citizens Service Bank to a state bank charter under the name of South Georgia Banking Company. In 1976, they opened their first branch in Tifton on 4th Street. Due to deposit growth and an increased customer base, SGBC opened a second branch in Tifton in 1987 on 2nd Street, which now serves as the bank’s main office. In 2004, a third location was opened on Tift Avenue, the heart of Tifton’s fastest growing area.

A significant date in the bank’s history was in 2000. Following changes in regulations to allow branching across county lines, SGBC opened an office in Moultrie; this location now employs 13 people.

“In January 2000, I had the privilege of returning to my home town to begin the process of opening the South Georgia Banking Company office in Moultrie,” said Bob Montgomery, City President of SGBC in Moultrie. “We opened our doors at a temporary facility in April of 2000 and moved into our new building in December of the same year. I can’t believe we are now 10 years old and have enjoyed the success we have in Moultrie. It is all attributed to the support of the bank staff and the relationships we have with the community here in Moultrie. I am truly excited to see what the next 10 years hold for SGBC!”

The Moultrie office held a weeklong anniversary celebration for its customers April 5-9 with a complimentary food item provided each day.

The bank’s expansion continued in 2006 with the acquisition of Community National Bank in Ashburn and Cordele. Now operating in four counties with eight locations, SGBC is a strong, stable banking institution with assets in access of $300,000,000. Willis notes that things like their Bauer 5-Star rating, prudent decision-making and long-term customer relationships are what have made SGBC strong and will keep it strong for years to come.

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