PEMBROKE — A man with an extensive agribusiness background has been appointed to the Lumbee Guaranty Bank board of directors.
Wyatt Upchurch’s appointment was effective Feb. 22. He will represent the bank’s markets in Hoke and Cumberland counties.
“Mr. Upchurch brings a wealth of business experience and a proven record of community service leadership to the board of directors, which will be beneficial to the bank as we continue to provide our shareholders a solid return on their investment and our customers with the best products and personalized services that are available today,” Board Chairman Arnold Locklear said.
Upchurch’s agribusiness career stretches back nearly six decades. Born in Lee County, Upchurch went from the family farm to N.C. State University and then began a career that led him to start a turkey breeder operation and hatchery with his wife, Mary. The Upchurches grew this business to an operation that produced 15 million turkeys annually and 350,000 eggs a week. Based in Raeford, they later expanded the company into swine production and employed more than 200 people before selling their business interests. Upchurch has served as president of the National Turkey Federation and is a member of the N.C. Poultry Federation Hall of Fame.
Upchurch served 10 years as a commissioner for Hoke County. He also served on the boards of the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce, the Lumber River Council of Governments, the N.C. Southeast Economic Development Board, and the Hoke County Economic Development Board. He was chairman of several of those boards on multiple occasions. Upchurch continues to serve as a director on the Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation board.