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Welcome Home to the History of Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank can trace its origins back to 1913, when Henry and Sallie Rankin acted on their belief that the Columbia area needed a bank that could be responsive to the financial needs of individuals and businesses within their community.  Twenty-four original shareholders raised $35,000 in capital to form the Bank.  During the early years, customers were permitted to make deposits and cash checks at The Rankin Company.

The Bank grew and prospered through the generations.  During the 1960's, then-president Harry Rankin, being an innovator, directed the Bank's movement towards computer systems.  Under his leadership, Citizens Bank became one of the more technologically-advanced institutions in the region.

By 1979, it became apparent the Bank needed to add a local branch to service its ever-mobile customers.  The first branch was constructed in Columbia at the corner of Highway 98 and Park Avenue, currently known as Eagle Day Drive.  By 1996, the growth of the branch led to the construction of a larger facility.  Today, the original branch location is home to the Mortgage Loan Center, which opened in June 2000 following extensive renovation.

In September 1999, Citizens Bank merged with Tylertown-based Walthall Citizens Bank, under the umbrella of the Bank's holding company, Citizens Corporation.  Walthall Citizens Bank had been founded in 1973 by a group of area business leaders who shared a vision of establishing a bank with local focus and ties.  Walthall Citizens Bank opened for business in August 1974.  In 1995, Walthall Citizen Bank opened a branch in Magnolia, as Pike County appeared to be a logical area for expansion.  Following the merger, Walthall Citizens Bank began operating under the Citizens Bank name.

In 2001, the Bank opened a branch location in Sumrall.  The Sumrall Branch is convenient to local residents and the surrounding area.

In the spring of 2004, another branch location was opened in Seminary.  Located on West Main Street, the Seminary Branch provides convenient and easy access to our customers.

The Bank continued to grow with the addition of the Bellevue Branch in November 2008.    Located conveniently on U. S. Highway 98 in one of Hattiesburg's newest shopping plazas, The Market at Bellevue, the Bellevue Branch is convenient to area residents and businesses.

Our newest location opened in April 2016 in Laurel.  Located just off of 16th Avenue, customers will enjoy  convenience and easy access to their banking needs.

Our staff represents many years of banking experience, and includes graduates of the most prestigious banking schools in the nation.  We firmly believe in the value of continuing professional education, because banking has become a complex and wide-ranging industry.

Offering a complete array of accounts, financial services and loans, Citizens Bank was founded to provide responsive solutions for our community.  We have never wavered from that mission, and we maintain our dedication to delivering each solution with the best in personal banking service.

Today, in continuing the trend established by Harry Rankin generations ago, Citizens Bank embraces technology as a means of providing better and more convenient banking for our customers…though personal service remains the benchmark tradition of the Bank.  From this website to 24-hour ATMs...and from our lobby service to loan offices, Citizens Bank stands ready to be of service to you and "Welcomes you home…to family banking."