Ecru fighting to keep only bank in town open

Ecru residents are digging in their heels and trying to save the only bank that the small town has.

Ivonne Whitehead along with Bernice Shoemaker, Carolyn Pannell and Pat Davis went to meet with the BancorpSouth CEO and other officials last Tuesday to ask for a second consideration as to their bank closing.

This particular group of women went representing the business community and the citizens of the town of Ecru.

“We are not a senior citizen town, but we do have a number of senior citizens that live here,” Whitehead said.

In addition to seeking recourse from the CEO, Whitehead has a petition going amongst the citizens that live not only in Ecru but in the northern part of the county.

“We have many citizens who live in Hurricane, Shady Grove, Cherry Creek and surrounding communities that use this bank as their bank,” Whitehead said.

Whitehead said she is seeking to get up to 1,000 signatures on the petition.

“I am not doing this as an alderman, but because I represent the citizens here who want to keep the bank open.”

The response from the CEO and the panel after their meeting was that the decision was made and there was nothing the community could do to stop it.

“The final closure is set for August 31,” said Whitehead. “But we will fight and do what we can to keep that bank open.”

She related a bit of the history saying that when the bank sold years ago (back in 1949) there was a verbal agreement that there would always be a bank in Ecru.

“However, they said that time has passed and it has changed hands several times and in essence they are not bound by that verbal agreement.”

Still seeking to keep the bank open, Whitehead has filled out a petition and submitted it to Washington, D.C.

If you would like to sign the petition, please call Whitehead at 488-0200.

Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress