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About Us

Just about any bank can offer you a mortgage, a business loan, or Online Banking. We offer those services and many more. But at Friend, we offer something you can't find at just any bank: the loyalty, caring, and reliability you expect from a true friend. We're locally owned and managed, and all of our important decisions, from loan approvals to product offerings, are made right here in the Wiregrass. When our customers have special needs or concerns, we're here to listen. We call our bank Friend because a friend is what we always want to be. To our employees. To our customers. To our community. We believe that banking is a business of friendships. And you will find that at Friend, our business is not a square box of accounts: it is a circle of friends.

Message from Hope 

Welcome to Friend Bank!

Thank you for visiting us at Whether you are already a customer or just learning about Friend, I am honored to have this opportunity to share our story with you.

Friend Bank is a fourth-generation family business and one of Alabama’s oldest community banks. Growing up, I appreciated the stories about my Grandfather and his devotion to customers, friends, and neighbors. As a young banker, I witnessed my Dad’s servant heart and passion for community. For me, their example gave life to our one hundred year old purpose…to help friends save wisely, spend prudently, and borrow cautiously.

Over the years, as the bank has grown, we have done so with a firm commitment to their example and to our values, our culture, and our traditions. As a result, today’s customers enjoy an authentic “true to you” brand of banking.

At Friend, customers take comfort in dependable banking, financial, and mortgage services; and enjoy the convenience of five hometown locations including Slocomb, Dothan, Hartford, Newton, and Geneva. But most important, at Friend, customers know their banker…a banker who values enduring relationships, a banker with sound advice, a banker empowered to make decisions.

To our customers, we are honored to be a part of your business and your family. To our guests, we look forward to getting to know you, and working hard to not only meet your expectations but exceed your expectations.

Again, on behalf of the Friend Bank Family, thank you for visiting our website today. If you would like to know more about Friend, or if you have any questions about, please feel free to call us, email us, or stop by one of our offices as any friend would do. You can reach me directly at I look forward to hearing from you.

Warmest Regards,

Hope Harris Johnson
Chief Executive Officer

Friendships and Family

The Friend Bank Story

Friend Bank is a fourth-generation family business and one of Alabama’s oldest community banks.

1905  Chartered by the Comptroller of the Currency as Slocomb National Bank
2005  Celebrated 100 years in banking. For more information on the history of Slocomb National Bank, click here.
2007  Opened Dothan office
2008  Introduced new name and logo
2009  Completed construction of Dothan office building
2010  Selected by Harvard Business School as a case study
2012  Re-chartered by the Alabama State Banking Department as Friend Bank
2013  Opened loan production office in Geneva
2014 Converted Geneva loan production office to full service bank
2015 Purchased City Bank of Hartford. City Bank of Hartford was founded in 1976. For more information on the history of City Bank of Hartford, click here.

Friend Bank is honored to be the continuing story of Slocomb National Bank and City Bank of Hartford.

What We Believe


As one of Alabama’s oldest family-owned community banks, our focus has always been on building relationships and serving our friends and neighbors in the Wiregrass. We believe success lies in being a true friend to our employees, our customers, and our community.


Honesty and Integrity: In our personal and professional lives, we seek to maintain the highest ethical standards.

Excellent Service: Because our customers are our friends, we want them to know that they come first. Exceptional customer service is just one part of that.

Family Environment: Our employees, our customers, and our community are part of our extended family. In banking and in our community involvement, we seek to help our friends and their families find happiness and prosperity.

Community Commitment: We invest our time, our talents, and our resources in the communities we serve. We strive to make them better places to live and work.

Long-Term Business Discipline: As one of only a few 100-year-old banks in the country, we know that our carefully planned investments in business, in our employees, and in our relationships will carry us through the next 100 years.


To help friends save wisely, spend prudently, and borrow cautiously.


Our philosophy on banking
is really quite simple.
Banking is a business of friendships.
And while our philosophy is simple,
our mission is profound.
Be a true friend.
Be a true friend to our employees.
Be a true friend to our customers.
Be a true friend to our community.
This is our roadmap to success, true,
but more importantly, this is
our roadmap to significance.
Be a true friend.
Always be loyal.
Always be dependable.
Always be faithful.
Always be genuine.
Always be compassionate.
Always be understanding.
Always be kind.
Always be true.
Our business is not a square box
of accounts.
Ours is a circle of friends.
And to these friends,
we will always, always be true.


Banking True To You

Friend Employee Awards

Each year we acknowledge outstanding service with a variety of awards including the Distinguished Service Award and the Award of Excellence. Visit our Facebook page for more information about these awards and to see pictures of our recipients!

2023 Distinguished Service Awards

2023 Award of Excellence

Judson Brooks, 15 years

Jeremy Strickland

Drue Ellis, 15 years

Permelia Griner

Ken Grimes, 15 years

Maggie Langford

Carolyn Crawford, 10 years

Debra Mitchell

Melissa Vann, 10 years

Tonya Shiver

Brandi Bowman, 5 years

Melissa Vann

Kristen Pologruto, 5 years

Aubrey Bond 

2022 Distinguished Service Awards

Hope Johnson, 35 years

Shawn Hawthorne, 10 years

Kelli Pylant, 5 years

Hannah Register, 5 years

2021 Distinguished Service Awards

2021 Award of Excellence

Cindy Mitchell, 15 years

Brandi Bowman

Alesia Webb, 15 years

Kristy Carothers

Drue Ellis, 10 years

Tory Hargrave

Amy VanHoose, 10 years

Jamey Jackson

Beverly Bond, 5 years

Diane Portwood

Adam Clark, 5 years

Nicholas Wingard

Darin Moseley, 5 years


Tonya Shiver, 5 years


Parrish Smith, 5 years 


 Jeremy Strickland, 5 years


Good Sense, Biblical Financial Principles



In the beginning there was nothing, and God created (Genesis 1:1).

“The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty” (Haggai 2:8). “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” (Psalm 24:1 NLT).

“A person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2 NLT).

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24 NLT).

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21-28).

“Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23). “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3).

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?” (Luke 16:10-12).



“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).

“Those who won’t care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers” (1 Timothy 5:8 NLT).

“Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

“It is good for people to eat well, drink a good glass of wine, and enjoy their work—whatever they do under the sun—for however long God lets them live. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God” (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 NLT).

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart” (Ephesians 6:5-6).

“If you are a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest work, and then give generously to others in need” (Ephesians 4:28 NLT).



We are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).

“Every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17).

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

“Our desire…is that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need” (2 Corinthians 8:13-14). 

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. And I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2-3). 

“Command them [the rich] to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18).

“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints” (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).

“We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift” (2 Corinthians 8:20).

“The one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NLT; see also verses 10-14).

“You hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness” (Matthew 23:23).



“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but [the] foolish. . . devour all[they have]” (Proverbs 21:20). “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers it food at harvest” (Proverbs 6:8).

“A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. In fact, his barns were full to overflowing. So he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store everything. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get it all?’ Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God” (Luke 12:16-21 NLT).

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if there is enough money to pay the bills? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of funds. And then how everyone would laugh at you! They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and ran out of money before it was finished!” (Luke 14:28-30 NLT).

“The trustworthy will get a rich reward. But the person who wants to get rich quick will only get into trouble” (Proverbs 28:20 NLT).

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance” (Proverbs 1:5).

“Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that build your house” (Proverbs 24:27).

“Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster will come upon the land” (Ecclesiastes 11:2).



“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously” (Psalm 37:21). “Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow’—when you now have it with you” (Proverbs 3:28).

“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).

“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:13-14).

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14)

“Beware! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much we own.” (Luke 12:15).

“Give everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and import duties, and give respect and honor to all to whom it is due” (Romans 13:7 NLT).

“Do not co-sign another person’s note or put up a guarantee for someone else’s loan. If you can’t pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you” (Proverbs 22:26-27 NLT).

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:23-23).



“You shall not make yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below” (Deuteronomy 5:8). “They…. worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25).

“Beware! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much we own” (Luke 12:15).

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the Lord? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9)

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13). “Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

“When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted” (John 6:12).

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and wiling to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations” (Proverbs 27:23-24).

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