Jack Lovelady, president and CEO of First Southern State Bank, has announced the promotions of veteran bankers Larrian Mason, Mark O’Leary and Sherry Jo Rogers.

Mason has been promoted to vice president. She is responsible for deposit operations, vendor management, procedures and training and serves as the information security officer for the bank’s main office and nine branches.

Mason joined First Southern in 2005 as a teller. She holds a CBAA Graduate certificate from the Samford School of Business and is a graduate of Pisgah High School. In her spare time, Mason enjoys camping and refinishing furniture. She resides in Jackson County with her husband two children.

O’Leary has been promoted to assistant vice president. He is a consumer lender at the Stevenson office and is responsible for supervising the teller team.

O’Leary joined First Southern in 2016 as a loan officer after serving in similar positions at Citizens Tri-County Bank, Pioneer Bank, North Jackson Bank and Marion Trust & Banking Company, and as the finance and insurance manager at Gentry Chevrolet, all of South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

He holds certificates from Tennessee School of Banking at Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Bankers Association Consumer Lending School. He earned an Associate Degree in Banking and Finance Administration from Northeast Alabama Community, and he is a graduate of South Pittsburg High School.

O’Leary serves his community as chairman of the Town of Kimball Municipal Planning Commission, member of the Kimball Park Board, past president of the South Pittsburg Lions Club and is a charter member of the Marion County Sertoma Club.

He is a deacon and a moderator for the First Baptist Church of South Pittsburg. O’Leary is a former coach for youth baseball, football and travel softball. He is married to Misty Daffron O’Leary, a teacher at Jasper Elementary School. They share two adult children, Tanner and Erin, and reside in Kimball, Tennessee.

Rogers has been promoted to assistant vice president. She is responsible for loan operations for the bank’s main office, which supports the nine branches.

Rogers joined First Southern in 1990 as a bookkeeper and proof operator. She has served as a teller, member of the loan department team and assistant cashier. She attended Jacksonville State University and is a graduate of Stevenson High School.

Rogers is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Stevenson where she plays piano and keyboard, is a member of the choir and serves on the finance committee.

She is married to Leonard Rogers, of Stevenson, and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

“We are grateful to have dedicated associates who serve both our customers and community,” said Lovelady. “It’s always a joy to promote our existing employees. These officers play a vital role in the success of the bank, and we are delighted to celebrate their career growth and success at First Southern.”

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