James Edward "Ed" Wilkinson

President, Chief Operating Officer

James Edward "Ed" Wilkinson is the son of Elizabeth "Betty" Wilkinson and the late Means Wilkinson. He is a graduate of Greenwood High School where we was selected as "Most Athletic" in who's who his senior year. A graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance and Banking, and a Master of Business Administration, Ed continued his education at Southern Methodist University's Southwestern Graduate School of Banking and at Louisiana State University completing the Professional Master of Banking curriculum. In addition, he completed an executive education program at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Ed has served as an executive officer and board member of Farmers Bank since 1983. He was elected president of the bank in 1994 and also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Wilkinson Banking Corporation, the holding company of Farmers Bank.


During Operation Desert Storm, Ed was commissioned as an Ensign into the United States Navy. He qualified at sea as Surface Warfare (Supply Corps) Officer and ashore as Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist. He completed the U. S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare Staff Planning curriculum and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College, "The Air University," at Maxwell AFB. In support of the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ed served as Commanding Officer of a Naval Support Activities detachment in Bahrain. He completed his distinguished military career at the rank of Commander.


Ed was elected to the Arkansas legislature, where he served for sixteen years, the maximum allowed by Arkansas' term limits. He served eight years as chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.


Ed's hobby is studying history and genealogy. He has spent years tracking and documenting his ancestors' roots from the first colonial settlements to the hills of Arkansas Territory. He has traced his roots to the Kirk of Scotland and to exiled Huguenots in the south of France. He is a member of several hereditary societies. Most recently, Ed authored "If These Rocks Could Talk," a historic account of his family's home, an old rock schoolhouse built in 1891.


Having been baptized as an infant at Central Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, Ed joined the church through its communicant's class in 1971. At Central, he served both as Deacon and as Elder. Later, responding to the "still small voice," he became a member of the small congregation of Good Shepherd Church in Greenwood, where he was elected Clerk of Session. A graduate of the Presbytery of Arkansas Lay Academy, he fills the pulpit most Sundays and leads the adult Sunday school class. Ed served three years on the Committee on Ministry and presently serves as Vice-Moderator of the Arkansas Presbytery. He served as a commissioner for the 221st PC(USA) General Assembly.


Ed was named Greenwood's "2004 Citizen of the Year." He is a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a life member of the Greenwood VFW, and served over 21 years as a volunteer firefighter. He served on the board of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association and is recognized as a "Tower of Old Main" for his sustained financial support of the University. The City of Greenwood named the pavilion in the park "Senator Ed Wilkinson Community Pavilion" in his honor.


Ed and his wife LaDonna have one son, Daniel, a student in the Honors College at the University of Arkansas.

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