Cliff Pye’s Store, Gordy

gordy ga cliff pye store photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

I first photographed this store around 2001 and again around 2008. Thanks to Charles McCarty for the identification. Charles Cowles writes: The store was owned by my great uncle Marion Gunter. He leased the building. Marion’s son Randall ran the store before Cliff Pye ran it. He also notes that Eddie B. Massey’s garage was right next door to the store.

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The abandoned interior still retains some of the furnishings so common to country stores.

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Debbie Pye O’Donnell writes: In the summer I stayed with with Mama Pye. She lived within walking distance and she often took me there for a cold soft drink. I remember the fresh wheel cheese and the penny candy Uncle Clifford always gave me.

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Brett Cochran writes: This store is gone as of April 2017.

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16 responses to “Cliff Pye’s Store, Gordy

  1. cccowles

    My fb page can not find you! Send me a friend request (charles cowles)

  2. Charles Cowles

    The store was owned by my great uncle Marion Gunter. He leased the building. Marion’s son Randall ran the store before Cliff Pye ran it.

  3. Brett

    This store is gone as of April 2017

    • Frieda Randles

      Is there any way I can get copies of the Cliff Pye’s Store, Gordy GA. pictures and the descriptions, I think there were several of the pics. Gordy is my mother’s maiden name and they might have been family. Thanks!

  4. Frieda Howard Randles

    My mother was a Gordy….never knew there was a Gordy, GA so close to where I grew up in Albany. Wish I knew more.

  5. Debbie Pye O'Donnell

    What a treat to find a picture of Uncle Clifford’s store. In the summer I stayed with with Mama Pye. She lived within walking distance and she often took me there for a cold soft drink. I remember the fresh wheel cheese and the penny candy Uncle Clifford always gave me. I think I want to take a trip back to Gordy time!

    • Charles Cowles

      Debbie, are you the girl I used to ride on my moped? I lived jujst down the highway from a Mrs. Pye.

      • Debbie O’Donnell

        Yep

      • Small world! Are you on facebook? Where do you live?

      • Debbieo

        Debbie Odonnell. Fb. Hubby says— I can’t be riding out on any moped 🤣. We have retired to Florence Al . Lovely small town. We lived all our life in Atlanta.
        Went to Gordy last spring. Everything I remember looked very different or was gone. Mama Pye’s house was so tiny and sadly in disrepair. Mr. Senkbill? House was gone. So was the church we went to.
        I never got to go and stay with my grandmother after that summer. I was labeled the wild child cousin. Which was hysterical cause we did nothing but ride. 🤷🏼‍♀️ But Because of you I became a legend 😎
        Debbieo

      • cccowles

        Glade to know what happened to you! Our daughter lives in Woodstock and earlier in Maretta. I did not know what an impact I had on your life! Were you living in jville? We live in Sylvester and have been retired for 13 years. I was a golf professional for 25 years, retired, went back to college, earned a masters degree, taught middle school for 12 years (my wife was an asst. principal) and then I retired AGAIN !!!!! Are you on facebook?

      • Debbie O’Donnell

        Yes Debbie Odonnell. Fb

    • cccowles

      send me a friend request (charles cowles), I can not find you!!!!

  6. virginia

    There was another store in Gordy-Max Jones Trading Center that is now residential property. Cliff Pye’s store moved across the road adjacent to Max Jones after leaving the location you have pictured. Both stores had meat counters, and fresh cheese. Max Jones store had everything from hardware to cosmetics to lamps and sewing notions; plus the mainstay-groceries, bread, milk, cokes, candies and ice cream. i can still hear the cowbell on the front door clanging as you opened it. There was also a pay phone booth, and it had two gas pumps. the original Cliff Pye’s store had probably just as much variety, however, we frequented max jones due to location. it was a daily sight to see 8-10 cars/trucks parked outside late in the afternoon. as men would finish a day’s work would stop by for a cold coke and talk. those were the days! thanks for your website.

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