Atkins announces retirement following 62 years

After 62 years of banking, Max Atkins, of Bancorp South, officially announced his retirement early last month.

Mr. Atkins started his career in banking while living in his hometown of Florence in the year 1965, as a member of Union State Bank, that was, at the time managed and operated by Bernice Beck.

At the time that Beck offered Atkins the position, Atkins was working as a bulldozer operator making just barely enough to get by.

An offer of $160 a month for filing checks in a cool vault, was an offer that Atkins simply could not turn down.

 

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