In the winter of 1998, a group of individuals from Barry County met to discuss the formation of a community bank that would serve the financial needs of individuals and businesses in Barry and surrounding counties. It was felt by the group that with large bank holding companies becoming more prevalent in smaller rural communities, certain financial needs were not being met in a prompt and efficient fashion. It was decided by a group of 23 initial investors to apply for a bank charter. The name selected by the group was Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri. The Division of Finance approved the bank charter in September of 1999. Funds were raised within one week by the 23 investors. Freedom Bank opened for business on November 22, 1999 in Cassville, MO. The bank started with nine employees, Stan Kelley being Bank President and CEO. Mr. Kelley is still Bank President and CEO.
Today, the bank has five bank locations in Cassville, Seligman, Willard, Shell Knob, and Golden. There are over 60 associates of the bank who are carrying out the original mission of offering unparalleled service and value to our customers, the communities we work and live in, and to our shareholders who had the confidence to initially start Freedom Bank.Freedom Bank is genuinely appreciative of the customers we serve and work with each and every day. If you are considering a different bank or moving into the area, please stop by and visit with one of our experienced associates. We think you will be pleased with the treatment you receive.