President & CEO
Executive Vice President/Branch Manager Lawrenceburg Office/Loans
Executive Vice President/Controller
Robert M. Crews
Senior Vice President/Branch Manager Collinwood Office/Loans
Senior Vice President/Bookkeeping
Vice President /Branch Manager Main Office/Loans/Collections
Vice President/IT Manager
Vice President/Loans/Branch Manager Barlow Office
Assistant Vice President/Compliance/Loan Administration
Assistant Vice President/Loans
Assistant Vice President/Loans
Assistant Vice President/Loans
Assistant Vice President
Assistant Vice President/Loans/New Accounts
Assistant Vice President/Head Teller
Assistant Vice President/Mortgage Loans
Assistant Vice President/Credit Administration
Vice President/Loan Officer
Marion W. “Chip” Hickerson, Chairman
Originally from Manchester, Tennessee, Chip Hickerson grew up around the town’s banking industry, which made him knowledgeable about small town banking at an early age. He attended high school at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, where he continues to play a vital role as a Battle Ground Academy board member. He later attended Vanderbilt University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science in 1971. Chip brings more than 40 years of financial industry experience to his position as Senior Vice President, Fixed Income Sales, Middle Market Groups at the Hickerson/Luton Group at Morgan Stanley. He began his career in 1972 at the fixed income sales and trading desks at First American Bank in Nashville, before joining Robinson Humphrey as a fixed income broker in 1975. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked as a broker at Smith Barney from 2002 until its merger with Morgan Stanley in 2009. Chip and his wife, Cynthia, have been married 18 years and have five children and three grandchildren. When not in the office, Chip enjoys supporting both his hometown alma mater’s sports teams and hunting and farming on his small family farm in Manchester, where he remains involved in the community.
William B. “Bill” Bryant
Lawrence County native Bill Bryant, a 35-year banking veteran, is President and CEO of The Bank of Waynesboro. Bill graduated with honors from MTSU in 1975, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Agri-business and a minor in Economics. He also holds an Associate of Science degree from Columbia State Community College (1973). He was a star basketball player at Lawrence County High School and was accorded the highest honor of his senior class, Mr. Law-Co-Hi, in 1971. Following college, Bill spent three years in agri-business before beginning his banking career with Columbia Production Credit Association. He joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1984 and spent most of the next 12 years managing multi-million dollar liquidations and winning at least six awards for his management performance. Bryant returned to local banking in 1996 when he joined First Volunteer Bank of Middle Tennessee in Lawrenceburg where he was promoted to Senior Vice President, in Charge of Lending. Bill now leads a community bank with over a century of service to Wayne County and the surrounding area. Bill and his wife of 38 years, the former Carolyn Lantz, have two sons, Tanner and Tucker, and four grandchildren.
Claus Thormaehlen is the former President and CEO of First National Bank of Manchester, which is affiliated with The Bank of Waynesboro through common shareholder ownership. Claus was born in 1949 in Germany where his father worked for the U.S. Air Force. He has been a resident of Manchester since his father was transferred to Arnold Engineering in 1959. Claus received an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a law degree, both from the University of Tennessee. He practiced law until 1992, when he became President and CEO of First National Bank, where he had previously served on the board of directors since 1983. Claus and his wife, Lois, have been married for 37 years. They have two daughters and four grandchildren and are members of the First United Methodist Church of Manchester.
George Brown lives in the Hillsboro community of Coffee County where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of Coffee County High School and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. George was an agency manager for Farm Bureau for 35 years before his retirement six years ago. He is an Associate Lay Leader for the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church. He is a member and currently serves on the board of directors of several civic and governmental organizations. George and his wife, June, have been married for 45 years. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Harold’s name is synonymous with the Wayne County Farmers Co-op where he was employed for 50 years. He became General Manager of the business in 1992 and retired in 2014. Harold is a native of Wayne County and a graduate of Wayne County High School. He has been married to his wife, Eva Jean, since 1970 and the couple has three children and nine grandchildren. They are members of the Phillips Chapel Community Church.
Jasper is a Collinwood native who managed The Bank of Collinwood, an office of The Bank of Waynesboro, until his retirement in 2000. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he met his wife, Carolyn, who is also a UT graduate. After ROTC training at UT, Jasper went into flight training at the U.S. Army base at Fort Rucker, AL, becoming a helicopter pilot. He attained the rank of Captain, while serving in East and West Germany. He is still active in the U.S. Army Reserve. Jasper and Carolyn have two children, two grandchildren and they are members of the Collinwood United Methodist Church.
Alton has been general manager of Pettus-Turnbo Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee since 1985 and has been in the mortuary profession since the mid-1960s. He was born in the Beech Creek area of Wayne County and attended Wayne County High School. He is a graduate of Gupton’s Mortuary School in Nashville in 1962. Along with his father-in-law, he owned Middle Tennessee Funeral Home in Waynesboro from 1965-1978, when it was sold and became Shackelford Funeral Home. Alton spent five years with Loretto Memorial Chapel before becoming a partner in Freeman-Pettus Funeral Home, which later became Pettus-Turnbo. Alton has served on the board of directors of The Bank of Waynesboro since 1978. He is a two-time former member of the Lions Club and of the Baptist faith. He and his late wife, Carolyn, were married for 37 years and they have four children and seven grandchildren.
Howard W. Tignor, Director Emeritus
Howard Tignor still owns the cotton farm in Henderson County, Tennessee, where he was born in 1943. A graduate of Lexington High School and the Memphis State University with a degree in Economics and Finance, he began training for his career in banking at the LSU School of Banking in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He spent 10 years as a National Bank Examiner with the U.S. Treasury Department and has been President and CEO of five different banks including The Bank of Waynesboro where he retired in 2011. Howard has been married to Jeannetta White Tignor for 52 years, and they have three children and nine grandchildren. They are members of the Palestine Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Tennessee. He has a long list of community endeavors including membership in three different Rotary Clubs: Lexington, Waynesboro, and Shelbyville, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He loves his family and books and anything that emphasizes “What is the Right Thing to Do.” Howard lists the establishment of the Community Bank of Lawrence County, an office in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee as the highlight of his tenure as President and CEO of the Bank of Waynesboro.