James A. (Ace) Hammack is Chairman of the Board of One South Financial, Inc., a commercial bank holding company that owns two independently chartered commercial banks, Bank of Early, Blakely, GA and One South Bank, Chipley, FL. He is also a member of the Bank of Early Board of Directors where he has faithfully served since 2000.
Dr. Patricia Cleveland
Dr. Cleveland joined the Bank of Early Board of Directors in 2002. She is a retired educator, serving as Assistant Superintendent for the Early County Schools and Director of the Albany Technical College, Early County Campus. Active in community affairs, she has served as the Chair of the Early County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Early County Development Authority. She currently is on the advisory board for Bainbridge State College
J. Steve Singletary
Steve Singletary is a resident of Blakely, Early County, Georgia and is a Director of One South Financial, Inc., a commercial bank holding company that owns two independently chartered commercial banks, One South Bank in Chipley, FL and Bank of Early in Blakely, GA.
Mr. Singletary serves on the boards of both banks and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of Early, and an Early County Development Authority Board Member. Mr. Singletary is President of Singletary Properties, LLC in Blakely, Georgia, Member of The Mill Place LLC, and serves as Managing Partner of Singletary Farms. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia.
Tom Beaty joined the Bank of Early Board of Directors in 1984 and is a graduate of Auburn University. He is the founder and starter of Universal Blanchers from 1979 – 2000.
Currently he is Chairman of the Board of Falcon Protein, Inc., located in Greensboro, AL, which is involved in the process of catfish affal, and will soon open another plant in Grafton, Illinois to process the infiltration of carp in the Illinois River. Tom is married to Kay Reynolds Beaty and they have two daughters, five granddaughters and three great grandsons.
Dr. Garrett N. Bennett is a resident of Early County and a member of the Bank of Early Board since 2005. Dr. Bennett is a physician with the Miller County Medical Center.
He also serves as a Team Physician for Sothwest Georgia Academy and a member of Early County Board of Health. Dr. Bennett is a 1992 graduate of Richmond Hill High School. He received his RS in Biology from University of Georgia in 1996 and his M.D. from Mercer School of Medicine in 2001. In 2004 he completed the Southwest Georgia Family Practice Residency from Phoebe Putney Hospital. Dr. Bennett is a member of First Baptist Church and the Blakely Rotary Club. He is married to Dana Ginn Bennett from Morgan, GA and they have three daughters.
President and CEO,
Mrs. Wilson is the President/ and CEO of One South Financial, Inc., a commercial bank holding company that owns two independently chartered commercial banks, Bank of Early in Blakely, Georgia and OneSouth Bank in Chipley, Florida. Mrs. Wilson serves as President and CEO of Bank of Early and as Chairman, President and CEO of OneSouth Bank.
Mrs. Wilson holds the Master of Business Asministration in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Florida State University. She is a 1998 graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking of the South. She is a member of the Washington County Economic Development Council and past President of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past Chair of the Washington Holmes Technical Center Advisory Board, a member and past president of the Chipley Kiwanis Club, and is a member of First Baptist Church, Chipley, where she serves as pianist. While living in Blakely, Georgia frrom 1992 until 2002, Mrs. Wilson served on the Early Coutny Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, was active in Blakely Rotary Club, and pianist for the First Baptist Church of Blakely. Mrs. Wilson enjoys serving as the accompanist for Crossroads, a gospel quartet in Chipley, FL. Kim is married to Joeseph Wilson, and they have two children; Preston Wilson and Mary Helen Wilson,
Mr. Sutton joined the Bank of Early Board of Directors in 1971. He is a resident of Jakin, GA.
Jack is married to Betty Swann Sutton and they have two daughters, Angela S. Musselwhite and Shannon S. Crumbaugh. They have five granddaughters and one grandson. He graduated from Jakin High School and attended Norman Junior College. He served three years in the U.S. Army and is a member of the Jakin Methodist Church. He worked at Bank of Early for 35 years and still serves as a Director, he joined the board in 1971 (43 years). He served as President of the Lions Club and is a Mason and Shriner.
Dr. Giles joined Bank of Early’s Board of Directors in 1971. Dr. Eugene H. Giles grew up in Clay County, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia. He was a Family Practitioner for 42 years and is the owner of Liberty Hill Farm.
He is married to Betty Barton Giles from Clinch County and they have 2 children, Alicia Moree and Greg Giles. They have 5 grandchildren.
Mr. Grist joined the Bank of Early Board of Directors in 1982. He is a resident of Blakely, GA. Richard "Buck" Grist has lived his entire life in Early County. After graduating from Blakely Union High School, he attended the University of Georgia where he graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture. He then returned to Early County where he farmed for twelve years. In 1982, he assumed management of Grist Oil Co. and was named president of the corporation.
Tony Smith joined the Bank of Early Board of Directors in 1995. Tony is a fifth generation family farmer in Southwest Georgia. After graduating from Auburn University, he returned to the family farm and began a partnership with his father. After his father’s death in 1996 he continued a sole proprietorship, Cherokee Rose Ranch. He specializes in a cow calf operation, the production of irrigated peanuts, corn, cotton, soybeans, Bermuda hay, milo and timber.
Tony has been affiliated with several Associations:
Jack Watson joined the Bank of Early Board of Directors in January 2013. Jack is a life-long resident of Blakely, GA. He received his Insurance and Real Estate license in 1979 and became a Real Estate Broker in 1988 and became a Certified Insurance Counselor in 1989.
Jack served for 15 years on the Board of Directors of the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) of Georgia and was elected President of PIA in 2004. He also served from 2005 through 2011 on the Board of Governors for the National Alliance of Insurance Ed & Research in Austin, Texas. Locally, Jack served three years on the Board of Directors for the Blakely/Early County Chamber of Commerce and was the Chamber Board Chairman in 2009. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Blakely and is currently serving as the Chairman of First Baptist Board of Deacons. Jack became the owner and President of Collier Realty Company, Inc. and Collier Insurance Agency, Inc. in 1994. Jack is married to Ginger Collier Watson and they have two married children; son, Dr. Collier Watson in Columbus, Ohio, and daughter, Page Watson Harris in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jack and Ginger have two beautiful grandchildren, Blakely Bree Harris and Eli Collier Watson.
Tommy Davis joined the Bank of Early Board in 2013. He previously served on the Bank of Early Advisory Board for the Arlington Branch and is presently serving on the Board of Early County Gin.
Tommy is a member of the Early County Planning Commission and faithfully served on the FSA County Committee and the Southwest Georgia Academy Boards. Prior to serving as a director for the Bank of Early, he served on the Bank of Early Advisory Board for the Arlington Branch. He is a graduate of Southwest Georgia Academy and attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Tommy is married to Tonya Kenney. He and Tonya have two sons, Trey and Todd, and two grandchildren.
T. E. Moye, Jr. joined the Bank of Early Board of Directors in 2013. Born and raised in Baker County, Georgia, T. E. is also a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia with a degree in Agricultural Economics.
He worked with GA Farm Bureau Federation as a district field representative for nearly 30 years before taking early retirement. T. E. and his family own and operation a farming operation, including peanuts, corn, cotton and beef cows. He currently serves as President and CFO of Georgia Federal State Inspection Service (GA FSIS), headquartered in Albany, GA with twelve district offices throughout the State. Since 2006 T.E. has served as Chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners. He is an active member of Patmos Free Will Baptist Church, where he serves as Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. T.E. is married to the former Evera Shiver, also a UGA graduate. They have two adult daughters and two precious granddaughters.
D. Ronald Davis. Mr. Davis is a lifelong resident of Jackson County, Florida and is co-owner and Vice President of Quality Peanut, Inc., a procurer of farmer stock peanuts for Sessions Oil Company since 1992. He is President of Panhandle Auctions, Inc., a bonded auction company, and has been the contact auctioneer for Seminole Stockyard in Donalsonville, Georgia since 1997.
He owns and operated a farming operation producing peanuts and soybeans for more than 30 years and has maintained a commercial beef cattle operation for more than 42 years. He is a graduate of Chipola College and member of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Washington County Cattlemen’s Association, United States Team Roping Championship, and former member of the Florida Peanut Producers Association. He is a licensed auctioneer in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.