Mechanics Bank’s History
Strength of character, strong communication skills and stability are the cornerstone traits of both successful individuals and long-standing institutions. In 1892, J.V. Blackmur, the founder and first president of The Mechanics Savings Bank, instilled these principles into Mechanics’ corporate culture-and they remain today.
Mechanics began modestly with paid capital of $8,000, an authorized capitalization of $25,000 and Mr. Blackmur’s commitment to serving the local community. Today, with assets totaling over $280 million, Mechanics remains focused on honoring the local customers who have partnered in the bank’s success for more than 130 years. As the oldest home-owned bank servicing Yalobusha and Lafayette Counties, Mechanics continues to provide today’s banking consumers the exceptional service and new technology offerings they require.
It has often been said that true knowledge, and thus success, depends on a thorough understanding of the past. At Mechanics Bank, the past, present, and future have always been and will continue to be neatly intertwined, providing the integrity, people skills and financial stability Mr. Blackmur established and our customers have come to expect.
Committed to OUR Community
Mechanics Bank has a long history of commitment and involvement in the communities in which we serve. Our officers and employees volunteer their free time with various charity and civic organizations. Mechanics Bank is dedicated to employee volunteerism, financial support for our communities, and a strong commitment to education.
Organizations that benefit from our donations of time and money are, Lafayette and Yalobusha County Schools Systems, Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, American Cancer Society, United Way, The Pantry, Oxford Park Commission, and Junior Auxillary to name a few. Many from our staff volunteer with our local Chambers, Lions Clubs and Rotary Clubs in their efforts for our communities.
Mechanics Bank’s Mission Statement
Mechanics Bank will provide quality financial products and services to customers who value relationship banking. This mission will: create a friendly and personal environment; produce a platform for exceeding customer expectations; provide a meaningful future for our employees; and maximize return on investment for our stockholders.
Meet Our Staff
Banking Services (Checking, Savings, etc.)
- Kimberly Ingram: 662-473-2261
- Michelle Mason: 662-234-7900
- Thomasina Turner: 662-473-2261
- Tami Tacke: 662-473-2261
Marketing & Advertising
- Tami Tacke: 662-473-2261
Consumer and Commercial Loans
- Cam Tyler: 662-473-2261
- Tyler Hill: 662-473-2261
- Jim McNeely: 662-234-4434
- Jeff Bynum: 662-473-2261
- Charlie Edwards: 662-234-4490
- Leshon Polk: 662-473-2261
Board of Directors
Bill Larson - Chairman
Robert T. Rosson, Jr. - Secretary
Fred H. Eakes - Director
John Ingram - Director
Dr. Lorri C. Williamson - Director
Edwin Aune - Director
Cam Tyler - Director
Water Valley Officers
Cam Tyler - President/CEO
Jon Gunter - Sr.Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Nell Jobe - Sr. Vice President/Controller
Keith River - Sr. Vice President/Cashier
Tyler Hill - Vice President/Chief Credit Officer
Raymond Hawkins - Vice President/Operations Coordinator
Jeff Bynum - Vice President/Lender
Jim McNeely - Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer
Michelle Mason - Vice President/Mortgage Loan Officer
Rebecca Moore - Assistant Cashier/Asst. Operations Mgr.
Charlie Edwards - Vice President/Lender