William (Bill) L. Freeman, Jr., has joined the Board of Directors of BankFirst Financial Services in Columbus.
Freeman began his banking career at Newton County Bank in 1967 and was quickly promoted to a leadership role. He retired from the bank in 2008 as Senior Vice President and COO to serve a four-year term as Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard under Governor Haley Barbour. Freeman returned to Newton County Bank in 2012 as President and CEO. Newton County Bank was acquired by BankFirst in August 2015.
Freeman is the Chairman of the Mississippi Military Communities Council. He served as Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard from May 2008 to January 2012. His military service with the Mississippi National Guard began in 1969, and he was promoted through the ranks over the years.
Freeman serves as vice chairman and board member of the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation, a public, non-profit corporation with the mission of coordinating a variety of state resources to assist businesses and industry in obtaining financing and in positioning the State as an aggressive competitor in the global market. He was Mayor of the City of Newton from 1980 to 1987 and Alderman from 1977 to 1980. He remains an active member of the Newton community through his involvement in church and civic organizations.
A native of Newton, Freeman is a 1971 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking, a 1967 graduate of the University of Mississippi where he earned his bachelor’s degree in banking and finance and a 1964 graduate of East Central Junior College where he earned an Associate of Arts degree.
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