Mercer serving on Durden Bankshares following Mathis’ retirement
By Halei Lamb | May 6, 2020 9:44 am
James R. “Jim” Mercer has been elected to serve on the Durden Bankshares, Inc. board, filling long-time board member Bill Mathis’ seat left vacant by his retirement. The retirement and election took place at the annual shareholders meeting, held via telephone conference due to COVID-19 restrictions, on April 14, 2020.
Director William L. “Bill” Mathis retired as a member of the fiduciary board and was elected to serve as honorary director. He retired from the board after serving for more than 19 years as a director of the bank, where he also served on the Executive Committee. Bank President G.W. Johnson, who led the shareholders meeting, commented that Mathis would certainly be missed but was hopeful he would attend meetings as able to share his many years of insight and experience. He cited Mathis as being a man of good character with a congenial disposition and having a high sense of honor and a deep sense of personal responsibility.
Also elected to the board was James R. “Jim” Mercer to fill Mathis’ unexpired term. Mercer lives on the family farm near Twin City. He is a graduate of ECI and the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry. He and his wife, Tracey, an educator in Emanuel County’s school system, own and manage MTMS, Inc., a farming and forestry consulting business in Emanuel County. He has been awarded Emanuel County Farm Family of the Year as well as Emanuel County Young Agri-Business of the Year. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Emanuel County Farm Bureau and is a member of Emanuel County Young Farmers. The Mercers are members of Twin City First Baptist Church, where Jim serves as a deacon and Sunday school director. They have two sons, Peyton, a junior forestry student at University of Georgia, and Lawson, a rising sophomore at ECI.