TUPELO, Miss., May 8,
2012/PRNewswire/ -- BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE:
BXS) announced today the retirement of Gary C.
Bondsfrom his positions as Senior Vice President and
Principal Accounting Officer of BancorpSouth, Inc., and
Executive Vice President and Controller of BancorpSouth
Bank, effective June 29, 2012.
Bonds joined BancorpSouth in 1981 following a career in
public accounting and service in the U.S. Army. Prior
to joining BancorpSouth, he was a certified public
accountant with the Clarksdale, Mississippi,
accounting firm of Ellis and Hirsberg. Bonds received
a bachelor's degree in accounting from
Mississippi State University, and subsequently
earned the CPA designation. Bonds is a member of the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Aubrey Patterson, BancorpSouth Chairman and
CEO, said, "Gary Bondshas provided
dedicated and highly valued service to BancorpSouth for
over 30 years. Through a time of rapid Company growth
and expansion, and during unprecedented change in
accounting and regulatory standards in our industry, Gary
served with an exemplary commitment to the principles and
high standards required of a BancorpSouth senior financial
officer. As a key member of our management team, Gary
will be missed. I join with the entire BancorpSouth family
in wishing the best for Gary and his wife Martha as they
begin a new chapter in their lives."
Bill Prater, BancorpSouth's Chief
Financial Officer added, "It has been my pleasure to
have been associated with Gary Bondssince
joining the BancorpSouth team. As a friend and
confidant to me, as well as to many other officers and
staff members of the finance division, it is with deep
appreciation that we recognize the tremendous contributions
Gary has provided to our team."
BancorpSouth, Inc. is a financial holding company
headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi, with
$13.3 billionin assets. BancorpSouth
Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of BancorpSouth, Inc.,
operates approximately 290 commercial banking, mortgage,
insurance, trust and broker/dealer locations in
Tennesseeand Texas. BancorpSouth
Bank also operates an insurance location in
SOURCE BancorpSouth, Inc.