Frank McCorkle Moody, 1915-1993

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Frank McCorkle Moody, 1915-1993


First National Bank of Tuskaloosa
Civic leaders


Frank McCorkle Moody spent most of his career at First National Bank of Tuskaloosa where he was chairman and chief executive officer from 1970 until his retirement in 1987. As chairman, he led stockholders in their decision to sell the home-owned bank to AmSouth Bank in 1987.

In addition to service on many nonprofit organizations, Moody and his family contributed to capital projects in the community by funding the University of Alabama Moody Music Building and UA's Moody Gallery of Art.

Moody was the son of Frank Maxwell Moody and Sara McCorkle Moody. He attended grammar school in Tuscaloosa and high school in Alexandria, Va. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 1937, he did graduate work at Duke University's Finance School and Rutgers University's Graduate School of Banking. He served during World War II in the United States Air Corps, from 1941-45.

Moody was a member of the Directors of the Alabama Power Company, the Board of Trustees of Druid City Hospital and Executive Committee of the Alabama Banker's Association. He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce of Tuscaloosa, the United Fund and the YMCA. Moody received many honors including Tuscaloosa Citizen of the Year in 1958 and honorary degrees from the University of Alabama and Stillman College.

First National Bank of Tuskaloosa was founded in 1871 by Moody's great-grandfather, Judge Washington Moody and eight other people. Frank Sims Moody succeeded his father, Judge Moody, as president. Frank Sims Moody insisted that the bank's name should be spelled "Tuskaloosa" in deference to Chief Tushkalusa, the Indian from whom the city drew its name.

Frank Sims Moody was succeeded as president by his son, Frank Maxwell Moody, and in 1941, by Gordon Palmer. Frank Maxwell Moody's son, Frank McCorkle Moody, joined the bank in 1937, left to serve in World War II, and rejoined First National after the war and was elected president in 1956.

Moody was inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame in 2001, the first year of the award that was designed to honor citizens who made long-term, significant contributions to the development of the county while at the same time celebrating the community's history and heritage.


Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama


Tuscaloosa Public Library
Elizabeth Bradt (Description)






Tuscaloosa (AL)

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Physical Dimensions

8 inches by 10 inches

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