First State Bank celebrates 80 years

First State Bank of Purdy is excited to announce the celebration of its 80th anniversary, marking eight decades of unwavering commitment to the community.

“Since our founding in June 1944 as the successor to the First National Bank of Purdy, we have proudly served our neighbors with integrity, dedication, and a personal touch,” a bank press release said.

A Legacy of Growth and Achievement

First State’s journey began with original directors Raymond Brite, Bert Catron, A.M. Gurley, Jr., John Miller, and John Moore. In 1974, Glen Garrett and Jack Fox acquired the bank, managing assets of $2 million. Recognizing the need for growth, First State moved into a new facility in 1977, leaving behind its old storefront building.

In December 1987, First State merged with Citizens National Bank of Monett/Pierce City, expanding its reach to three towns. Glen Garrett was elected Chairman of the Board and CEO, with Ann Hall as President.

First State’s expansion continued with new facilities in Monett (1991) and Cassville (1995), and its first retail banking location in the Monett Walmart Supercenter in 1998.

“Today, First State Bank of Purdy stands strong with assets exceeding $215 million, over 50 dedicated employees, and five locations,” the release said. “Our directors, Randy Henderson, Bill Shiveley, Danny Vaughn, Kevin Jackson, Jeff Scott and John Garrett, guide our mission to meet the diverse needs of our community.”

Extensive Renovations and Upgrades at Purdy Location

First State’s Purdy location has undergone impressive renovations and upgrades, perfectly complementing its efforts in its “Revitalizing Our Roots” campaign.

“These enhancements reflect our commitment to blending modern banking conveniences with the trusted, hometown feel our customers have come to appreciate,” the release said.

80th Anniversary Celebration Tour

First State invites friends, neighbors and valued customers to join them for a week of celebrations as they honor 80 years of service:

Monday, June 3: Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

• Location: Purdy Branch

• Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Ribbon Cutting at Noon) Join First State for a grand reopening, showcasing the newly renovated Purdy branch. Enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs and take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Tuesday, June 4: Birthday Celebration

• Location: Cassville Branch

• Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5: Birthday Celebration

• Location: Monett Branch

• Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 6: Birthday Celebration

• Location: Pierce City Branch

• Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, June 7: First on Front Concert

• Location: Downtown Monett

• Time: 6-9 p.m. Wrap up the week with First State’s second concert series of First on Front in downtown Monett.

“Join us for music, fun, and community togetherness,” the release said. “We are immensely grateful for the support of our community over the past 80 years. Your trust and loyalty have been the cornerstone of our success. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you and continuing to grow together.”

For more information about 80th anniversary events, please visit First State’s website or contact the bank at 417-235-6100.

About First State Bank of Purdy

First State Bank of Purdy is dedicated to providing personalized banking services to individuals and businesses.

“With a strong commitment to community development and customer satisfaction, we strive to be “Your Bank for Life.” said Randy Henderson, president and CEO. “It has been our privilege to serve you and our communities for the past 80 years. We owe our success to your loyal support. Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to meeting your financial needs for the next 80 years.”

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