GRENADA – Hue Townsend, President and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, today announced the bank’s newest location in Grenada located at 131 First Street is now approved and operating as a full-service branch. The Belzoni-based bank will move to 1324 Sunset Drive, Suite C upon its completion early autumn.
Townsend also announced the addition of three relationship bankers to the Grenada staff including Senior Vice President Lee Murphy; Assistant Vice President Misty Carson; and Assistant Vice President Beth James. The trio will join existing Guaranty Bank President Brad Branscome and Senior Vice President Hudson “Chuck” Williams.
Murphy, a graduate of Delta State University, is a CPA and CGMA and was most recently affiliated with Pinnacle Agricultural Holdings, LLC as Director of Financial Compliance. Prior to Pinnacle, Murphy was the Vice-President of Finance with Jimmy Sanders, Inc., and spent 20 years in public accounting, primarily with Horne, LLP, where she was a Partner. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Mississippi Society of CPAs where she has served as Treasurer, as well as a member of Board of Governors. She is also a member and past President of the Delta Chapter of CPAs and has served on the Peer Review Oversight Committee of the Mississippi Board of Public Accountancy.
Murphy is an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a past President, and Treasurer of the Jr. Auxiliary of Grenada, where she is a Life Member. Murphy is also a past President of the Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce and also served as a member of the initial Grenada Economic Development District Board. She has been named to the Top 50 Business Women in the Mississippi Business Journal and received the Outstanding Accounting Alumni award from Delta State University. Murphy and her husband Rodney have two children: Matthew and Sara.
Mrs. James, a Grenada native, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science from the University of Georgia. She was previously affiliated with Regions Bank for 11 years. Beth is married to Josh James, a native of Gore Springs. He is a partner of Moore Farms of Oakland, Mississippi, farming some 4000 acres in Tallahatchie County. The James have four children: Cody, Mary Elise, and twins Ross and Skylar.
Mrs. Carson is a graduate of Grenada High School and attended Holmes Community College. For 18 years, she was affiliated with Union Planters Bank and subsequently Regions Bank, most recently focusing on serving as a Financial Service Specialist and Assistant Branch Manager. She is married to Chad Carson and they have four sons, Darren, Cody, Rylan and Conner. The Carsons attend Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Hue Townsend said, “Our commitment to Grenada is certainly affirmed with the conversion of a Loan Production Office to a full-service branch along with completing construction of a local office. Our Grenada personnel are comprised of professionals who are long-time investors of the Grenada community,” Townsend added. “I am confident that our customers will be well-served by their experience. We invite friends and customers to visit them at our downtown Grenada Branch today.”