Southern Bank honors outstanding employees
From Contributed Reports
Monday, September 10, 2018
Southern Bank recently recognized employees for outstanding work at its annual Best Bankers Event at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.
Southern Bank Vice President Kim Sutton was recognized as a Top Community Banker.
A native of Rocky Mount, Sutton earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing from Appalachian State University in Boone.
Sutton is a board member and past president of the Nash Community College Foundation. She also volunteers with Meals on Wheels in Rocky Mount. She is a past board member of the Tar River Choral and Orchestral Society.
Sutton lives in Louisburg with her husband, Keith, and their son Michael. She attends First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount.
Debbie Boyette, vice president and branch manager in Rocky Mount, was recognized as a Top Mortgage Loan Referral Producer.
A Charlotte native, Boyette attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. She also attended the three-year Risk Management Association/Commercial Lending School at East Carolina University in Greenville. She has been in the banking industry for 30 years.
Boyette participates in the Salvation Army Angel Tree event, is a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program and serves with the Back Pack Buddies organization in Rocky Mount. She has served as a board member of My Sister’s House and has been a Rocky Mount Chamber ambassador. Boyette lives in Hollister with her husband, Danny, and daughter Kimberly Rowland.
Debbie Nelms, assistant vice president and branch manager at the Rocky Mount Benvenue Branch, was recognized as a Best Banker.
A Nash County native, Nelms is a Northern Nash High School graduate. She has been a banker in the area for over 20 years. She currently serves several civic organizations including Crime Stoppers, Rocky Mount Homebuilders Association, Tar River Orchestra Society and the N.C. Wesleyan College Board of Visitors.
Nelms lives in Nashville with her husband, Robert “Rocky” Nelms. She has one daughter, Deanna Tanner of Nashville, and two grandchildren, Reggie and Rocky Tanner. She attends Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church and is on the Fellowship Committee.
William P. “Will” Johnson, assistant vice president and community banker in the Wake County, Rocky Mount and Wilson markets, was recognized as a Top Community Banker.
A native of Rocky Mount, Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Barton College and a master’s degree from East Carolina University. He also completed the Commercial Lending School at East Carolina University. He has been in the banking industry for the past nine years. He is a member of the Rocky Mount Area Jaycees, North Carolina Young Bankers and the Wilson County Young Farmers Association.
Johnson and his wife, Kaylynn Corbin Johnson, live in Wilson with their children, Beck and Spencer. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, where he serves on the Finance Committee.
Heather Vann, banking officer and mortgage specialist in Rocky Mount, was recognized as a Top Mortgage Loan Producer.
A Jackson native, Vann attended Meredith College in Raleigh, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and teaching. She received a master’s degree in counseling from N.C. State University. She has been in the banking industry for 15 years. Vann as treasurer of the Tar River Civic Club. She is a member of the Rocky Mount Board of Realtors and the Rocky Mount Homebuilders Association.
Vann lives in Rocky Mount with her husband, Christopher. She has one daughter, Abby. She attends First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount.
Jackson Vice President and City Executive Meg White Hall and the bank’s Jackson branch were recognized as a Top Performer.
A native of Conway, Hall is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has been employed in the banking industry for the past 28 years.
Hall serves as the treasurer for the Northampton County Recreation and Cultural Arts Center Inc., is a President’s Club member of the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Nash Autism Family Support Chapter of Englewood United Methodist Church.
Hall and her husband Grady Hall live in Rocky Mount with their sons Garrett, Hayes and Seth. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.
Assistant Vice President and City Executive Nancy B. Bullard and the bank’s Sharpsburg branch were recognized as a Top Performer.
Bullard has been employed in the banking industry for the past 31 years, the past 19 years with Southern Bank. She is a past president of the Rocky Mount Luncheon Lions Club and she has received the honor of Lion of the Year in 2007 and 2010 and she was made a Jack Stickley Fellow in 2013.
Bullard and her husband Dale Bullard live in Macclesfield. They have one son, Nicholas Bullard.
J. Allen Corbett III, vice president and commercia llender in Wilson and Nash counties, was recognized as a Top Commercial Banker.
A native of Rock Ridge, Corbett attended Barton College in Wilson where he earned a degree in business management/sports management. He has been in the banking industry for nine years.
Corbett was a member of the Wilson Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council from 2011 to 2014. He served on the cabinet for the Wilson County United Way Campaign in 2015. He is a current member of the Wilson County Young Farmers Association.
Corbett lives in Middlesex with his wife, Lindsay, and two children, Hudson and Charlotte. He is a member of Middlesex Church of God, where he serves on the Board of Elders. He also serves as a Youth Leader and Sunday School teacher.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Market Executive Wayne E. Murphy was recognized as Top Area Executive.
A native of Fayetteville, Murphy is a graduate of East Carolina University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in business management. He is also a graduate of the North Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University; and the Southeastern Agricultural Lenders School at Clemson University. He is a member of the Nash-Rocky Mount Rotary Club. He has been employed in the banking industry for the past 36 years.
Murphy and his wife Laurie Murphy reside in Nashville.
Kenneth E. “Ken” Sawyer Jr., senior vice president and commercial relationship banker in Rocky Mount, was recognized as a Top Commercial Banker .
A Greenville native, Sawyer attended East Carolina University. He has completed the Management Development Program of the North Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and he has completed the Commercial Lending / Real Estate Schools of the Risk Management Association at East Carolina University. He is in the second year of the three year Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He has been in the banking industry for 19 years.
Sawyer is a board member of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Tar River Civic Club. He is also a member of Elm Grove Baptist Church in Nashville.
Sawyer lives in Rocky Mount with his wife, Meredith. He has three children, Christian, David and Sarah.
Founded in 1901, Southern Bank and Trust Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern BancShares (N.C.) Inc. With its corporate headquarters in Mount Olive, the bank has total assets of approximately $2.6 billion and over 60 locations in North Carolina and Virginia.