According to the Reverend Emma Gale, this was best known as Ms. Lottie’s General Store.
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Jesse Bookhardt shared this history of Wooten’s: When I was a kid growing up in the Snipesville community, Wooten’s Grocery was A. I. Sinclair Grocery. It was the center of the farming and timber endeavors of mid-twentieth century Southwest Jeff Davis County citizens. The store is located near the original site of the Snipes family wooden store which stood during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Snipesville was named for this family. At one time the crossroad hamlet had a couple of stores. Robert and Rosalie McCall ran a store located directly across from the main entrance of Excelsior School. It burned in the late 1950’s and was never replaced. At sometime in the 1960’s, Mr. Clarence and Mrs. Ruby Smith operated a store at the intersection of the Snipesville-Denton Road and Georgia Highway 107— just opposite Excelsior Methodist Church .
The Sinclair/Wooten store has stood a long time and has served the needs of locals. We often drove to the “The Store,” and would go in for a candy bar, and if we had enough money, a cool “Co-Cola” from the drink box. Sometimes we chose to mix a pack of Tom’s salty peanuts with our Co-Cola. Once Mr. Arlie had a monkey as a mascot or pet at the store. The primate was know to bite if you got to frisky with him. At another time, a baby deer was kept in a pen behind the store. Someone working turpentine boxes found the fawn in the swamp and brought it to the Store. Everybody in the community got to see it grow. One of the first televisions in the community was available at the store for viewing. It was common on certain nights to have men gather around the black and white snowy images to watch their favorite program. The thing often faded out right during the good part of the show.
I remember too that we purchased gasoline and kerosene at Sinclair’s Grocery. We served ourselves and then went in to pay. The kerosene tank sat to the right of the main door of the store. One had to hang your can from the spout and hand pump the fuel. Groceries of common brands were available, and fresh meats were cut and sold. Groceries were packed in used cardboard boxes instead of plastic or paper bags. No beer or any kind of alcoholic drink was served, but I am sure that exchange of some spirits took place between patrons in the parking area. Mr. Arlie allowed credit to his regular customers and was reasonable in collecting. If a family was having a hard time, often additional time was given to pay. The store and parking area also served as a meeting place where people met to conduct business deals, or to just visit. Supplies for fishing were also sold. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution paper was sold at the store. The parking area in front of the establishment was notoriously pitted with holes and when it rained a muddy mess was a reality.
Generally, the store was a man’s domain. Women certainly were welcome but it was not customary for them to go there that often. During mid-century it was common to see tractors, trucks, and cars parked at the store. Home made cypress fishing boats, plows, and other items were seen in the backs of parked trucks. As times change, it is good to see that some of the old has survived and has been captured by the photosphere to be shared across the Internet.
In her Liberty County: A Pictorial History (Hinesville, Liberty County Board of Commissioners, 1979), Virginia Fraser Evans writes: The exact date of this store is unknown. It was built by William Bates Trask, originally from Massachusetts. He and Frederick Newsom Lyons operated a general store and the post office in Flemington and Riceboro under the name of Lyons and Trask. Mr. Trask and his wife, Jane Margaret, lived in the house next door. The store and post office were later operated by Peter Fleming Martin, Sr., and Herbert Lowery Stacy, Sr. The store has been closed for many years. The building is well-maintained and the last I recall, was used as a church.
In 2014, Francoise Hipp Fussell wrote: I haven’t seen this store since I was 5 years old attending first grade at Bradwell Institute! That was 61 years ago. That is truly amazing. I can’t believe that it’s still there. Sylvia Montez LeMier shared her reminiscences as well: I have sweet childhood memories of walking to Stacy’s Store with my grandmother, Ethel Quarterman Day, and cousins, in the 50’s.
Candy Massey Faircloth writes: Hatchers owned the store during the late 60’s early 70’s. Then T Faircloth took it over for 3-4 years. Then B. Faircloth took it over several years followed by the Crosbys for several years, then G Faircloth. Then S. Adams until it closed around ’07 . Once it was a bustling store here in the Greenough community. Customers could be seen purchasing feed, gas, snacks and beverages as well as lottery for a little while.
Cotton is one of my favorite places in Mitchell County. The land and farms are beautiful, but Marshall’s is hard to beat. It’s a store that’s also a post office. Historically, the smallest villages of Georgia often had country stores that served dual purposes as post offices, but this is very rare today.