When I photographed this store on Hencart Road it was in its last days (2011), but I could imagine it in its day, busy with farmers from the nearby Beard’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church community.
Thanks to Frank Kicklighter for the identification. His ancestors, Asberry Woods Kicklighter (1881-1944) and Rhetta Bacon Kicklighter (1888-1970) owned and operated this store. Sadly, it was torn down in 2013.
L-R: Buster Smith, Jenice Smith, Robert Collins, Jerry A Kicklighter, Shirley Ann Smith, Bobby C Kicklighter, Neil Smith, Asbery Kicklighter, Retta Kicklighter, Carlton Kicklighter. Asberry & Retta Kicklighter were the owners.
I was honored when Bobby C. Kicklighter, whose grandfather owned this store, shared these vintage photographs, circa 1937. They’re a rare and candid glimpse into another time. It’s hard to pick a favorite. I like the top image because it shows more of the store, and the owners, but the one below of the kids is great, too. I’ll have to settle for liking them both.
L–R: Robert Collins, Shirley Ann Smith, Jerry A Kicklighter, Bobby C Kicklighter, Neil Smith
Both vintage photographs are Courtesy of Bobby C. Kicklighter