First State Bank of Blakely was chartered in 1903 under the name First National Bank of Blakely and has operated continuously in Early County since its inception. The bank was owned and operated under the direction of Mr. S. G. Maddox, Sr. until 1993.
A statement of condition in 1904 showed deposits of less than $75,000, in 1962 $3,500,000, in 1992 $46,000,000 and today First State Bank has deposits averaging around $245 million.
First State Bank acquired the Bostwick Banking Company charter in 1995 and now operates under the trade name First State Bank of Arlington (Calhoun Co.). First State Bancshares of Blakely acquired First Federal Savings Bank of Southwest Georgia in 1997 which became First State Bank of Donalsonville. The bank had branches established in Colquitt, Georgia (Miller County) and Albany, Georgia (Dougherty County).
In November 2002, First State Bank of Donalsonville merged with First State Bank of Blakely offering its customers five banking locations: First State Bank of Blakely; First State Bank of Arlington; First State Bank of Donalsonville; First State Bank of Colquitt and First State Bank of Albany
In March 2003, First State Bank opened a new branch in Leesburg, Georgia (Lee County) bringing the total banking locations to six.
In the spring of 2010, First State Bank acquired a banking facility on Shotwell Street in Bainbridge, Georgia (Decatur County). The building underwent renovation and was opened in July 2010 as First State Bank of Bainbridge. With this addition customers now have seven locations for their banking needs.
First State Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of First State Bancshares of Blakely, Inc.
First State Bank is committed to providing our customers with the highest standard of care and customer service.