Our roots run deep at Bank of Gravette. For more than a century, we’ve been serving the financial needs of northwest Arkansas, southwest Missouri and northeast Oklahoma. Chartered in 1898, Bank of Gravette is recognized as the “oldest bank” in Benton County. We opened our doors for business on March 21, 1898 with the following Board of Directors: J. Manwaring, E.T. Gravett, W.C. Sellers, J.T. Edmondson, A.E. Kindley, J.A. Ragsdale and G.L. Bates.
J. Manwaring served as Bank of Gravette’s first president; E.T. Gravett, vice-president; and A.E. Kindley, cashier. W.C. Sellers served as president, 1902 to 1912; James "Turner" Edmondson, 1912 to 1957; Tom Caywood, 1957 to 1958; James T. "Jim" Edmondson, 1958 to 1983; John R. Meade, 1983 to 2012; Jim Sloan, 2012 to 2014; and Richard T. Pollreis, 2014 to 2017; Sharron Edmondson, 2017.
Others who contributed greatly to Bank of Gravett’s success over the years include: Uther Kindley, Frank Hidy, Stokes Ballard, Vernon Austin, George Haley, William R. “Bill” Meade, George Cowgur, Jim Allen Edmondson, Al Dunagin and David Wills.
The Bank of Gravette, originally located on the south side of Main Street in the Duffield Building, then in 1945 the bank acquired the First National Bank and moved to that location on the north side of Main Street. Finally in 1973, the institution’s seventy-fifth year of business, the bank moved to their current location on East Main where a new facility was constructed. Sixteen years later that building was more than doubled in size.
As the bank continued to grow and expand, the Gravette Motor Bank was constructed in 1996 providing three drive-through teller lanes and a Community Room. Later, in 1998 the bank’s Hiwasse location was completed, to serve the financial needs of Hiwasse and the Bella Vista/Highlands area. In 2003, Bank of Gravette opened a new Centerton branch office on East Centerton Blvd. In 2004, the old Gravette Post Office building was purchased and renovated to become the Data Center for the operational functions of the bank. In 2005, the Bank purchased property facing Hwy. 72, formerly the Gravette Locker location, for future expansion.
As a locally owned and operated community bank, we serve our customers in a friendly, relaxed environment with a “hometown feel” that separates us from the competition. We want to help you achieve those financial milestones. From buying a new car or new home to financing new farm equipment and starting a business. Generations have come to rely upon us and trust us to do what’s right. We want to share your hopes and celebrate your successes.
Our roots run deep and we stand strong in our commitment to our customers and our communities.