Meridian Star


April 20, 2014

Great Southern National Bank Announces Promotions

MERIDIAN —     Great Southern National Bank, originally founded in 1902 as Bank of Quitman, holds assets totaling over $266 million and has over 120 employees that operate 13 retail banking locations in Meridian, Decatur, Quitman, Pachuta, Enterprise, Waynesboro and Hattiesburg.  Jeff McCoy, President and Chief Executive Officer, has announced Meridian promotions of Angie Sowers to Assistant Vice President and Keri Bucurel to Audit Officer.  Quitman President, Frank Burt, has also announced the promotion of Lisa Dearman to Assistant Vice President.  

    A native of Meridian, Sowers graduated from Southeast High School and began her financial career over 22 years ago with World Finance in Meridian.  She joined Great Southern National Bank in 1998 and currently serves as the bank’s Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer.  She is married to Johnny W. Sowers and has two sons, Matthew Jacobs and Joel Jacobs; daughter in law, Ashley Jacobs; grandson, Wyatt Jacobs and step daughter, Monica Sowers.  

    Bucurel, also a native of Meridian, attended Clarkdale High School and Meridian Community College.  She began her banking career with Great Southern National Bank in 2006 in the Operations Department and moved to the Audit Department in 2012.  She and her husband, Tommy, along with their two children, Cora and Austin, attend New Hope Baptist Church.

    A native of Quitman, Dearman graduated from Quitman High School and Jones County Junior College.  Her banking career spans 32 years as she joined Great Southern National Bank, formerly known as Bank of Quitman, in 1982.  Dearman also serves as Branch Security Officer.  She is a member of the Clarke County Chamber of Commerce and supports the American Cancer Society through Great Southern National Bank’s Relay for Life team.  Dearman and her husband, Kenneth, have one daughter, Kristen.

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