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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10 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.

    • Thank you so much for sharing this memory Teresa. I would like to hear some of those tales. Do you know or remember the years your daddy had this store?

      • Donna West Griffin-Boyd

        Brian, it would have been the early 60s, possibly into the early 70s. I’m going to ask our Mama, Faye West.

    • Donna West Griffin-Boyd

      I can’t believe I’m just seeing this! Teresa, I can’t believe you remember this store. I thought Daddy & Mama sold it when you were still small. I’ll have to ask Mama about that. I, too, remember heading out the back door to Mrs. Sellar’s cafe, but I never had any money. I’d just tell her hello & watch her cook, and usually, if I hung around long enough, she’d take pity on me & give me a biscuit (homemade from scratch😋). I remember when they opened this store. It was after they already had the Ashburn store. Mama moved from the Ashburn store to run the front of this one, & uncle Terry West, Daddy & (I think) Jerry Cooper alternated between both stores in the meat market. Aunt Jo & Uncle Ronald West stayed at the Ashburn store. I made some great memories from those days in Rebecca. Several of the regular patrons would take me (& sometimes my sister Teresa, too) home with them when they’d come in to buy their groceries. I know it was to help Mama out, but for me, it was like an adventure, & if I was lucky, they had kids to play with! It was just life in a small town, where everybody knew everybody. I still love seeing this logo on the side of this store when I go to or through Rebecca.❤️

  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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