Third generation banker has deep banking & community roots by ProQuest

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One of First State Bank President Robert Upchurch's most satisfying achievements was influencing his hometown of Bedias to incorporate as a city in 2003. In 2007, as part of the First State Bank of Bedias' centennial celebration, the bank challenged other rural communities in Grimes County to follow suit and incorporate for proactive development. His grandfather Robert E. Lee "REL" Upchurch, born in 1861, co-founded the First State Bank of Bedias in 1907 and served as its first president. Last spring the bank opened its first branch facility in Kurten, a small city in Brazos County, 30 miles west of Bedias and seven miles east of Bryan. This growth is a sign of the bank's success and also the changing local economy and demographics. One way the bank has adapted to increased customer demand for convenience through technology is with the addition of Internet banking.

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