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.