H. J. Fowler Grocery, Cedar Crossing

cedar crossing ga h j fowler grocery photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Dianne Fowler Foskey Dees writes: This is a photo of the old H.J. Fowler Grocery, which was operated by my parents H.J. Fowler and his wife Lavonne Miller Fowler from about 1962 until 1972 when they build the previous, new store across the street now know as Cedar Crossing Grocery. The original, new store built by H.J. himself was part “Mini Super Wal-Mart” meaning they served fresh cut meat of all kinds, all types groceries, gas, oil, sewing products, and just about anything you needed in an emergency. There was also a small garage built on one end. This store burned after being sold to The Beasleys. The fire started from a grease fire at the then “Smith’s Fried Chicken” that was built from the old garage. The old H.J. Fowler store was left abandoned for the most part after the new store was built, but there was some temporary mechanic work, and sales along the line of Salvation Army work for some vendors. The H.J. Fowler store was for many years a gathering place for the older men in the community. They would sit on the porch and talk about life matters (or so they said), I always just thought they talked about others. It was a quieter time, an easy time, a time when people cared about others, and everybody was family whether it was by blood or choice. Just thought I’d remember a little bit.

cedar crossing ga fowler grocery photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

I stop to photograph this store every time I pass through Cedar Crossing. Somehow, it hangs on.

cedar crossing ga fowler grocery store photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgai usa 2010

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5 responses to “H. J. Fowler Grocery, Cedar Crossing

  1. john cohron

    I rember this store well, was the place i cashed my 25.00 Tobacco cropping check at 13 years old. that was new school cloths money an being raised a Hitchcock was the way of life. on the right side of the store there was a community fish fry held every so often , those were the best of times.

  2. Pat Harden

    I found an old sign on my property in Laurens county that reads “Fowler’s Grocery” just wondering if there is a connection between the Fowlers. Thanks , Pat

  3. Bunny

    I remember going here as a kid and all the old men in overalls would be sitting around “swapping lies”. There always seemed to be someone fixing a huge tire, probably from a tractor or a log truck, while all the old men tried to give advice. I love these old memories, that was definitely a slower and more wonderful way of life. No one got in a hurry, it got done when ot got done.

  4. Dianne Fowler Foskey Dees

    This is a photo of the old H.J. Fowler Gro., which was operated by my parents H.J. Fowler and his wife Lavonne Miller Fowler from about 1962 until 1972 when they build the prvious, new store across the street now know as Cedar Crossing Grocery. The original, new store built by H.J. himself was part “Mini Super Wal-Mart” meaning they served fresh cut meat of all kinds, all types groceries, gas, oil, sewing products, and just about anything you needed in an emergency. There was also a small garage built on one end. This store burned after being sold to The Beasleys. The fire started from a grease fire at the then “Smith’s Fried Chicken” that was built from the old garage. The old H.J. Fowler store was left abandoned for the most part after the new store was built, but there was some temporary mechanic work, and sales along the line of Salvation Army work for some vendors. The H.J. Fowler store was for many years a gathering place for the older men in the community. They would sit on the porch and talk about life matters (or so they said), I always just thought they talked about others. It was a quieter time, an easy time, a time when people cared about others, and everybody was family whether it was by blood or choice. Just thought I’d remember a little bit.

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