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FMB honors Billy Tyson
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Frank Rozier, left, of the Farmer and Merchants Bank Board gives a proclamation of thanks to Billy Tyson, who is retiring after 40 years of service to the bank. - photo by Special
      Farmers and Merchants Bank President Ricky Nessmith announced the retirement of Billy Tyson from the bank’s Board of Directors.  The board bestowed upon Tyson the title of Director Emeritus in recognition of his over 40 years of service which has benefited Farmers and Merchants Bank.        A resolution read at the board meeting recognized Tyson’s distinctive service which began in 1968.  In 1970 he joined tbe Board of Directors, and served as President of the bank from 1974 to 1991.  He served a Chairman of the Board in 1991.  During his tenure that spans the past 40 years, his efforts helped build the bank from a small institution that had six employees and assets of $2million to what it is today, a vibrant community bank with 79 employees and assets that exceed $300 million.       The resolution went on to point out that Billy Tyson has been the face of Farmers and Merchants Bank, supporting local endeavors, organization fundraisers, attending numerous community events, always going above and beyond for the bank, and calling countless Bulloch County citizens “friend”.        Commenting on the retirement if Tyson, Nessmith said, “We’re Bulloch County’s oldest locally owned community bank.  For any community bank to be successful it must be in touch with and relevant to the people in the community.  Billy Tyson’s service over the past four decades embodies the best of what a community bank should be.”