West Brothers Grocery, Rebecca

rebecca ga west brothers grocery rio store mural photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

According to Dr. Johnny Young, this building first served as Rebecca’s “picture show”, but for most of its existence, it’s been a grocery store. Per Gary Stanford, it was Adamson’s Store first, followed by West Brothers. T.M. Waters, Rufus Stanford, and John Purswell were subsequent owners.

Teresa West Pylant wrote: This is the store I grew up in. I can remember riding the school bus to Rebecca, getting off at the store and daddy giving Russell West & I money, then we would take off through the back & go to Ms. Sellars and get the best hamburgers ever. I don’t remember exactly when daddy & Uncle Ronald moved the store to Ashburn, but I sure did miss Rebecca. A lot of times we would walk up to the corner where Jack Rabbit King had the station and listen to some of his tales. Bernice Thrower Jones added: I remember this store from the late 1950’s, when my dad drove the cotton to the cotton gin, he would buy all us kids a five cent cup of ice cream with the wooden spoon. As a child that was the best ice cream other than my mom’s home made ice cream.

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8 responses to “West Brothers Grocery, Rebecca

  1. Teresa West Pylant

    This is the store I grew up in. I can remember riding the schoolbus to Rebecca, getting off at the store and daddy giving Russell West & I money , then we would take off through the back & go to Ms Sellars and get the best hamburger ever. I don’t remember exactly when daddy & Uncle Ronald moved the store to Ashburn, but I sure did miss Rebecca. Alot of times we would walk up to the corner where Jack Rabbit King had the station and listen to some of his tales.

  2. Juanita williford

    I remember when this murder happened,can’t give any details.just remember hearing my parents talk about it and how shocked everyone was that it happened near Rebecca

  3. Johnny T. Young EdD

    At one time before the building was a grocery store it was the “Picture Show”.

  4. My Grandfather, John Cornelius Butler, farmed on the Maddox place just outside Rebecca. He was murdered at the Double Creek Bridge on Dec. 4, 1940. He had been at the pool hall that night and had gotten into an agruement with Clay Marchman, who followed him and killed him. If anyone remebers this or has heard of it, I would love to talk with you. I am doing research for a book. Can’t wait to visit Rebecca. Haven’t been there since I was a kid.

  5. Bernice (Thrower) Jones

    I remember this store from the late 1950’s, when my dad drove the cotton to the cotton gin, he would buy all us kids a five cent cup of ice cream with the wooden spoon. As a child that was the best ice other than my mom’s home made ice cream. OH, these pictures are making me cry, so many, many memories from my childhood.

  6. Betty Courson

    This is the Grocery Store my Dad and I often visited, Igot the coke w/peanuts & other times I got an Ice Cream Cone. The smell in the store still remains with me, it always smelt like corn meal and bread. Such days will never come again.

  7. We had some of our engagement photos taken here!

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