Ware & Son, Climax

climax ga ware and son photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Allen Ware writes: My Dad and wife (Gene Ware and Flecia Ware) opened the store on Labor Day 1978. All they had to sell was Lance crackers and Coca-Cola drinks. His first day he sold 100.00 worth of merchandise. From that point on everything he made was invested back into the store and it was affectionately know as Waremart by alot of people. We sold groceries, hardware, work boots, lawnmowers, chain saws and wood heaters. It was quite an operation. He sold it in 2000 and it still operates today. There were a lot of good memories made in that place and we made a lot of good, very special friends. Billy Brown notes that before it was Ware & Son it was known as Byrds, for his great-grandfather, Alton Byrd, who operated a general store here for many years.

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7 responses to “Ware & Son, Climax

  1. Allen Ware

    My Dad and wife (Gene Ware and Flecia Ware) opened the store on labor day 1978. All they had to sell was Lance crackers and coca cola drinks. His first day he sold 100.00 worth of merchandise. From that point on everything he made was invested back into the store and it was affectionately know as Waremart by alot of people. We sold groceries, hardware, work boots, lawnmowers, chain saws and wood heaters. It was quite an operation. He sold it in 2000 and it still operates today. There were alot of good memories made in that place and we made alot of good, very special friends.

  2. Hammy Cutma

    Cli…….to…….the…….MAX, Georgia!!!!!

  3. correction on the name spelling of Birds. Believe it should be “Byrd’s”

  4. I think this also known as Alton Bird’s Store Or “Birds” Once Alton owned a store in Climax. They were my grandmother’s parents. Some of the Bird family lived in the county

  5. Dani Hall

    I spent a big part of my childhood in Climax in an awful rundown shack that was right next door to an old school house because my family was very poor. I loved Mr. Ware and his penny candy. My sisters and I would ride our bikes up to Ware’s as we called it and for pocket change we could get a lil brown sack full of candy. Then we’d have to figure out how to tote it home without falling off our bikes. Ahhh, good times.

    • SKF

      U lived in a glorious time in life when candy was still a penny and you could ride your bike without a helmet……I know cause I’m from Climax and I lived in that same era. Jim Miller was my Barney and Climax, my Mayberry.

  6. Sarah Kaye Hickox

    Lived in Climax, Ga. growing up. Went to college at
    Georgia Southern, got married moved to Atl. and lived on St.Simons Island, Ga. over 20 years. Recently, moved back and most of the town has “disappeared”. It was thriving railroad community for years. Founded over 100 years ago. My Dad still lives there and he is 90! I am on the City Council and the only one from Climax!

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