Community Remembers Old Faceville Country Store

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

84-year-old Caprell Johns could be one of those people they sing about in country songs.

Raised in Faceville, Georgia, she says she moved away to 'make a living,' and returned for retirement.

Johns has seen the town lose many of its historic structures through fire or demolition.

She says, "It had either been torn down or burn down -- we've lost a lot of things in burning in years past."

And when the Faceville Country Store was gutted from a fire started by unknown causes in the early morning hours of May 26, 2011, the 84-year-old says the town lost 'another piece' of its past.

Johns explained, "It's the last historical place we had, I guess, was the store because I don't know of anything else."

Johns' daughter, Jan Butch, grew up in Faceville until she was eight.

She says many fond childhood memories were created at the store because, well, there really wasn't much else to do.

Says Butch, "Everyday your treat was to go to the store -- and we had penny candy, and everyday you got a few cents to go to the store."

Johns and Butch say losing the store is like losing a little piece of history that can 'never be replaced'.

Fire officials continue to investigate what ignited the blaze.

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