Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He Led Investors Group That Bought Marine National Bank

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He Led Investors Group That Bought Marine National Bank

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Byline: MARK BASCH

Long-time Jacksonville banker Joseph Williams died Monday following a stroke. He was 60.

Mr. Williams held senior management positions with several area banks, including Jacksonville National Bank and Florida National Bank. When Florida National was acquired by First Union Corp. in 1989, Mr. Williams led a group of investors who bought Marine National Bank in Jacksonville and became chief executive officer.

He continued as CEO when Marine National merged with First Alliance Bank in 2001. He retired from the bank, which was eventually renamed EverBank of Florida, at the end of 2004.

Mr. Williams was born in Sacramento, Calif., but grew up in Asheville, N.C. He spent his entire career in the banking industry after graduating from the University of Georgia in 1967, starting with C&S Bank in Atlanta.

"He was the consummate banker," said E. Bruce Bower, former president of Florida National. "He was highly respected by all his peers in the business."

Mr. Williams was a past president of the Florida Independent Bankers Association and served on the boards of Daniel Memorial and the Florida Yacht Club. …

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