Our agency was founded in 1953 by Jim Edwards, who after serving five years in the U.S. Navy decided to go into business for himself. Since that time, our agency in Batesville has grown to include a professional staff of nine insurance specialists plus a supporting staff of four.
With other partnered offices in Calico Rock, Cherokee Village, Melbourne, and Benton, White River Insurance Agency is one of the largest agencies in Northcentral and Northeast Arkansas. White River Financial Services, Inc. is our agency for life, health, annuities, and other financial products.
The present owners are John Cooke and Vernon “Buddy” Vinson. John has been a partner in this agency since 1995 after operating our Hardy office for six years. Buddy joined the agency in 1993 as a sales producer and became partner in 2010. Chip Rayford joined the agency in 1984 and helped create White River Financial Services, Inc. in 1992.