Inviting everyone to come by Jones Drug Store Saturday, August 18, 2018, for the store's 100-Year Celebration are from left, seated, Judy Holland, Nick Holland; standing, Joan Shackleford, Annie Randolph, Bradley Thompson, Billy Holt, Natasha Holt and Haley Rublee. (YCS photo by Joe Stagner)

Customer Appreciation Day Aug. 18

Jones Drug Celebrates 100 Years of Service to the Community

by Loretta Merrell Ekis

To celebrate their 100th anniversary on Saturday, August 18, Jones Drug Store owners Doug Maund and Billy Holt have planned a Customer Appreciation Day to thank their customers for their business and support through the years. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers, door prizes, special offers and a raffle. The owners and employees invite you to attend and help them mark this unique time in the store's history, and to enjoy the food and prizes.

When Ardmore was just starting to develop after the railroad came through about 1910, forward thinking residents brought a much-needed service to the area. Resident Lewd Currin and Dr. Bernard Hatcher Woodard are said to have opened The Drug Store in 1918 and operated it for several years.

It is uncertain when the name Ardmore Drug Store began to be used since no records appear to be available, but sometime in the early 1930s, the pharmacy was purchased by Thoran and Merle Jones and became known through the years as Jones Drugs Full Service Pharmacy, or more informally as Jones Drug Store. The Jones's operated the store until 1967. Thoran, who was an Ardmore native, died suddenly in October 1961 in an auto accident, but his wife continued to manage the store until she sold to Doug Maund about 1967.

Thoran Jones, a graduate of Max Morris School of Pharmacy in Macon, GA and his wife Merle Beasley Jones, had numerous employees working for them through the years including Cornelius (Dooley) Coffman, who was beloved by all, and Vanness Smith, another long-time employee. Both worked there for many years. The store has provided employment to numerous area residents through the years.

It is unclear when the soda fountain was removed, but sometime after 1974. It was a huge draw to Ardmore High School students where fifty cents would buy a soda or huge ice cream cone. One person who worked at the soda fountain was Doug Delap in the 1950s. There were others who followed in his footsteps and gave the store its friendly atmosphere which continues to this day.

In 1967, Nick Holland graduated from Auburn University with a degree in pharmacy. He returned to Athens Pharmacy where he had worked previously for Doug Maund. In August 1968, Maund asked Holland to join him in partnership at Jones Drug. Holland and his wife, Judy, came to Ardmore and Nick quickly became a true servant of the people because no matter the hour, if someone needed a prescription filled, Nick would come to the drugstore to fill it. Folks in the area came to depend on this dedicated pharmacist who retired in 2015 but continued to work part-time for another year or two. Nick said recently, that it was hard to leave the pharmacy because of his close connection with his customers, a relationship he thoroughly enjoyed. In 1992, Phil Glaze was also working alongside Holland.

In 2012, Maund asked Billy Holt to join the Maund-Holland partnership. A native of Pulaski and graduate of Giles County High School, Billy holds a BS in Pharmacy from Ole Miss where he graduated in 1997. He worked as an intern at Jones Drug in 1996 and returned to work at the store as a pharmacist after graduation from college. Through the years, Billy has formed long lasting relationships with his customers and enjoys the friendships he has formed in the area. Today, Jones Drug is a partnership owned by Maund and Holt.

Billy is dedicated to serving and assisting his customers and making sure they have knowledge of the medications prescribed by their doctor. Working alongside Billy in the store is his wife, Natasha Owen Holt, daughter of Jackie and Rita Bryant Owen, and granddaughter of the late T. L. and Nellie Ann Magnusson Bryant. Billy and Natasha have two daughters, Riley and Reagan. They are residents of the area.

Pharmacist Annie Randolph, a graduate of Auburn University holds a PharmD degree.  She is the daughter of Tony and Wanda Hogan of Ardmore. Annie is a graduate of Ardmore High School and has provided professional care to her pharmacy customers for 17 years. She and her husband, Zack, have three children Blair, Jackson and Aubree.

Jones Drug not only offers prescription drugs, but carries other pharmaceuticals, along with health and beauty aids. The store also offers rental medical equipment and home delivery of large items. In addition, in the front of the store a very nice gift selection suitable for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and other special days is available. They carry some sports shirts and something the kids love, dip 'n dot frozen ice cream beads.  An entire wall of dollar items is filled with often needed household things that are priced, of course, at $1 each.

The pharmacists and all the employees are here to serve you Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is closed Sundays. Be sure to come in during the celebration and congratulate them on their anniversary. This hometown store is here to serve you and your family throughout the year just as they have for the past 100 years.

Jones Drug Store  as it appears today on Ardmore Avenue.

Billy and Natasha Holt, left, from Jones Drug Store present a wheelchair to Ardmore Public Library Director Verlin Collins, right, Thursday, August 9, for library visitors to use while at the library. (courtesy photo)

Elkton Methodist Fish Fry Slated

Elkton United Methodist Church's Annual Fish Fry will be held Saturday, August 25, from 3:30 until 6:30 pm.

The menu will include fresh, fried fish fillets, hushpuppies, fries, slaw, white beans, dessert, and drink. Tickets may be purchased in advance from church members or at the door. Eat-in or takeout plates are available.

There will be music for everyone's enjoyment by David Austin and Friends.

Elkton United Methodist Church was built in 1917. Proceeds from the fish fry will be used to further renovations on the building. The church is located North of Ardmore on Hwy. 31 in Elkton, TN.

Mickey Fowler, right, founder of Fowler Auction and Real Estate Service, receives a gold diamond pendant as he is inducted into the Diamond Club in recognition of his philanthropic efforts for the National Auctioneers Foundation at the 2018 NAA Conference and Show in Jacksonville, FL recently.

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