Kirkpatrick’s Store, Roddy

roddy ga kirkpatricks store photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Tracey Graham shares these wonderful memories: My mother was a Kirkpatrick and grew up in Roddy. Her grandfather, George H. Kirkpatrick, owned the store and she along with 8 siblings grew up just up the road toward Chester from the store. Her father was B.J. Kirkpatrick and he used to take me to the store for RC Colas and penny candy or cookies (they were in huge cookie jars) and I loved it! My great grandfather and grandfather are both gone now and there are many times I wish I could sit down and talk to them just one more time!…

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10 responses to “Kirkpatrick’s Store, Roddy

  1. Tracey Graham

    I am just discovering this site and love it! My mother was a Kirkpatrick and grew up in Roddy. Her grandfather, George H. Kirkpatrick, owned the store and she along with 8 siblings grew up just up the road toward Chester from the store. Her father was B.J. Kirkpatrick and he used to take me to the store for RC Colas and penny candy or cookies (they were in huge cookie jars) and I loved it! My great grandfather and grandfather are both gone now and there are many times I wish I could sit down and talk to them just one more time! My mother is leaving back on the Kirkpatrick land now and is back “home”. I always stop and just look at the store when I go see her. It brings back so many fond memories of my childhood!

  2. J.J. Moran

    Benn to Tom Sawyers Peach Orchard many times, my cooks family reunion is in Dexter every year, love the area and the history

  3. Joyce

    Trena…. I was not implying that the “Kirkpatricks” sold beer in their store. I just remeber my cousin meeting some of his friends (in the parking lot)on the weekends and sharing a “Cold One”. I lived in Columbus at the time but would visit each summer. I too have wonderful memories of this peaceful little community with very friendly people. I hope you have a safe and wonderful visit with your father,look forward to hearing more of your stories.

  4. This is my great-great-grand-father’s store!!!

    Oh, my goodness! I never took a photo. It was operated by my great uncle, Lewis and his wife Nora Kirkpatrick, then his brother, Owen Kirkpatrick, but before that, my great-grandpa George Kirkpatrick and his father before him.

    The story is told that the railroad was going to start stopping at this crossroads and a name had to be given and a school atlas was consulted and the name Roddy was agreed upon by those present on the spot one afternoon.

    The community school was located to the left of this building, and stood until perhaps 1980.

    This was a store that well into the early 1980’s one simply signed a “ticket” for gas and for groceries and at the first of the month went by there and my great aunt Nora stapled all your tickets together and you wrote a check to pay the monthly bill.

    In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the county school bus stopped there each afternoon and most got off the bus and bought a snack and some got things their parents had asked them to get on the way home. Then all the kids got back on the bus and were taken to their homes in the north end of the county.

    I remember that in the early 1970’s my Grandpa George would really give us two pieces of penny candy for a penny in a tiny brown paper sack and plop us up to sit on the counter while he cranked open the cash register. I can hear the bell as the drawer popped open.

    I also remember standing under that front porch and experiencing the first aluminum cola can. All the boy cousins were bragging that they could crush a can with their hands. Funny!

    There were wooden ladder back style chairs sitting under the porch in the front, and older men of the community gathered there late in the afternoons, especially if it was raining and they couldn’t get out in the fields. Peanuts were poured into RC cola bottles and push-ups were eaten there many many days.

    I’m heading home in a couple of weeks and will get my daddy to tell me the rest of the story.

    Thank you for all you do to make a record of the wonderful places back home.
    Trena

    PS
    and i have no idea what joyce is talking about: beer?! in roddy?! really?! 😉

    • Can’t wait to hear more. What wonderful memories…I’m so glad people like you take the time to share these thoughts; they’re as important as the photographs!

    • John M

      Trena it is so nice to hear about your ties to the Kirkpatrick store in Roddy.
      My parents lived in the area when they got married in 1931 and my sister and older brother started their school years at the Roddy school (that would have been around 1937 and 1939). One of my sister’s classmates was Mr George’s son (I don’t remember which one). My birthplace ( in 1937) is a short distance up the road on what was known then as the Green farm. My father’s name is Mullis and my mother’s maiden name was Justice.
      I heard many stories about the Roddy/Empire/Chester communities when I was growing up later in southwest Pulaski county.
      I have lived in New Mexico for almost 50 years now but the photos like these from around rural Georgia still resonate strongly with my psyche.

      • Trena

        Hi, John,
        The Greens, still own the land where you were born. I’m thinking it was the youngest Kirkpatrick son Owen who is closest to the age of your sister. Your sisiter must have gone to school with some of the 12 Sawyer siblings as well. Your homeplace land adjoins the Sawyer farm to the northwest where Buford and Lila (Bellflower) Sawyer raised their 12 children, one of whom is my daddy.
        Feel free to get my email from this site owner, and I can share contact information for the established families there if you would like. Anyone with the last name of Mullis would be welcomed home to Roddy anytime. If you are planning a trip home, the little church at the crossroads holds Sunday services, and the Tom Sawyer Farm is between Roddy and Empire and open from early spring to summer with strawberries, peaches, and stories about the good old days.
        Thank you for your message. I’ll ask next time I’m home.
        Trena

    • Ashley Chase

      Hey my name is Ashley Chase, Owen is my daddys grand father is there anyway we could chat so I could get some family history:? I know little about my fathers side of ther family,any info would be appreciated,

  5. Joyce

    This little country store was owned and operated by the Kirkpatrick’s of Roddy. During the summer (this was in the 60’s) while visiting my cousins we would walk to the store for an Ice-Cold Coke and a bag of Tom’s Peanuts. It also was a weekend gathering place for the local teens.Wow,those were the good old days and wonderful memories. By the way this was my first experience drinking beer (It was Bull Dog beer) and I got sick as a DOG! Don’t like beer to this day. Thank you for this great Photo.

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