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.
A few weeks ago, Bobby C. Kicklighter identified an old country store I had photographed in Tattnall County as belonging to his grandfather. Not only was I glad to learn the identity of the place, but I was also honored when he 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
And here’s the store as it appeared in 2012, barely hanging on but a miraculous survivor. Located on Tattnall County’s idyllic Hencart Road, near Beard’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church, it was razed in 2013. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph it before its demise.