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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 Prime Timers Sponsor Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

HealthPlus, South Georgia Banking Company Prime Timers and the Turner County Health Department sponsored a free Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, October 25 at the Ashburn First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 12-1 pm.  Over 100 women attended as Judy Weaver, Family Nurse Practitioner at South Georgia Surgical Clinic, spoke on, “Breast Cancer Awareness”.  The women enjoyed a complimentary meal provided by Mrs. Wanda Bell.  Each woman received a free goody bag provided by Tift Regional Medical Center and the lecture ended with lots of great door prizes provided by the Health Department and South Georgia Banking Company.  Mrs. Weaver indicated several steps you can do to help reduce your risk of Breast Cancer, which is noted by the American Cancer Society.  These steps are listed below. 


  • Watch your weight. Being overweight or obese is associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. So, choose foods that will help you maintain a healthy weight and eat five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day. Try to choose whole grains instead of processed (refined) grains and sugars, and limit the amount of red meat you eat, especially meats that are high in fat and are processed. Balance the number of calories you consume with your physical activity.
  • Exercise. Adults should engage in moderate or vigorous activity for at least 30 minutes a day on five or more days per week. Forty-five minutes or more of exercise on five or more days per week may be even better for reducing the risk of breast cancer. 
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Women who drink alcohol should limit their intake to no more than one drink per day (no more than two for men). The recommended limit is lower for women because of their smaller body size and slower metabolism of alcohol. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
  • Early detection is the best form of prevention.  “That’s why regular screenings such as clinical breast exams and mammograms are so important”, said Weaver.  The American Cancer Society’s current breast cancer screening guidelines are as follows:
    • Yearly mammograms should begin at age 40 and continue for as long as a woman is in good health.
    • A breast exam should be part of a periodic health exam – about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women age 40 and older.
    • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change to a health care professional right away. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Consult your physician or visit the American Cancer Society website at for guidelines.

Pictured L to R - Judy Weaver, FNP-BC, South Georgia Surgical Clinic, Kristy Walters, Community Relations Coordinator with HealthPlus, Melba Brown, South Georgia Banking Company and Jetta Sprayberry, RN, Turner County Health Department.


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