ecember 16, 1938, Commercial State Bank opened for business on Main Street in Donalsonville, Georgia with L. R. Robinson, President: Dr. M. M. Minter and Ellison Dunn, Vice-Presidents; and D. F. Wurst, Cashier. Assistant cashiers were Jean Martin and Edgar Mosley. The Total Capital Accounts were $25,000.00
In 1960 Hugh D. Broome, Sr. acquired the bank with A. A. Parker, E. C. Mosley, John I. Spooner, M. G. Driskell as Directors and Jean Rushing was the Acting Cashier. The following year, William Henry VanLandingham bought controlling interest in the bank and became President. E. C. Mosely was Vice-President and Ellen Spier, Cashier.
In 1969, a beautiful new building was erected at West Second Street in Donalsonville with Mr. VanLandingham as Chairman of the Board and E. C. Moseley as President.
Commercial State Bank expanded its presence in 1997, with the purchase of the former First Federal Savings Bank branch in Blakely, Early County, Georgia and continues to operate the full-service branch.
Commercial State Bank is a third-generation family owned bank. Mr. William Henry VanLandingham’s granddaughter, Lucie V Beeley, was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2013. The remainder of the Board of Directors is comprised of the President of Commercial State Bank, Mr. David B Fain, Sr. and local business leaders.
Commercial State Bank operates as an affiliate bank of a Bank Holding Company, Georgia Community Bancorp, Inc., which has offices in Dawson, Georgia. There are two additional affiliate banks in the Holding Company, Bank of Terrell in Dawson, Georgia and The Citizens State Bank of Taylor County in Reynolds, Georgia.
Commercial State Bank is a full service community bank which has served Southwest Georgia since 1938. We stand ready to serve all your banking needs. Times have changed, but the same principles on which our bank was founded still prevail. Every step we take is a milestone to make a better community. We welcome you to join us in celebrating our past, present and our future.