2012-11-07 / Front Page

Bevis Furniture thanks you for 65 great years

by Terry Toole

Bevis Furniture was started in Colquitt back in 1947, by the late B. E. "Bryant" Bevis. He started this 65-year-old business in the old bus station on the corner of Cuthbert and College streets just off the Colquitt square.

Bryant bought chickens there and would haul them to Jacksonville, Florida, to sell them. He began to buy a few pieces of furniture and bring them back to Colquitt and sell it. A few years later, Mr. Bryant rented a building on Main Street, not far from the Bevis home, from Mrs. Ella Sheffield which today houses The Bride and Gift Gallery.

In 1956, Charles Bevis returned to Colquitt from his stint in the U.S. Army and went into business with his father. Another son, Terry Bevis returned to Colquitt in 1961, from the U.S. Navy to join the business along with his father and brother.

In 1963, a new building was built on College Street, which is Bevis Furniture. At that time, Bevis Furniture was the biggest furniture store in Southwest Georgia.

When Mr. Bryant retired to do more fishing and hunting, Terry became a partner with his brother Charles. When Charles retired in 1996, Terry and his son, Jeffrey, became the ones to operate the third generation store.

Terry is retiring to do more serious fishing down at the river with his wife Rene Faye.

Jeffrey has decided to combine all of his efforts to floor covering and bedding. Jeffrey and his wife, Cindy, along with Kevin Branch, will be here to serve the people of Colquitt and this area with the finest in floor covering, installation, and fine bedding.

The Bevis families say, “We want to take this opportunity to thank you, our loyal and faithful customers, who have been trading with us for 65 great years. It has been our pleasure to serve you all. We invite all of our loyal customers to join us for lunch at the store Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Bevis families have been an asset to this area as good business people, good citizens and good friends.

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