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Charlie Lail, Jr., former CEO of Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia, dies at 62

By Caleb Hutchins Assistant News Director

Charlie Lail, Jr., the former President and CEO of Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia in Gainesville, died Saturday at the age of 62.

Lail's death was formally announced Tuesday morning by Flanigan Funeral Home in Buford. The funeral home said Lail died after a long battle with glioblastoma, which he was diagnosed with in 2016.

Lail's obituary said he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and Georgia State University. He served five years in the Army as an Engineer Officer before beginning his career as a banker while serving in the Georgia National Guard.

He worked for Trust Company Bank of Cobb County, SunTrust Bank and Quantum National Bank before becoming the President and CEO of Chattahoochee Bank in 2007, as well as one of its founding board members. After his diagnosis, he facilitated the sale of the bank to Entegra and continued to work in a part-time role until 2019.

He most recently worked with The People's Bank of Eatonton.

Lail's obituary said while the average life expectancy of glioblastoma patients is typically 12-18 months, he survived longer than eight years, which only 1% of patients do.

"While there were many ups and downs, Jody was able to enjoy more years than he had ever expected," The obituary said.

A memorial service for Lail is being held at Ivy Creek Baptist Church in Buford on Saturday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. You can read Charlie Lail, Jr.'s full obituary here.

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