By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Biggers Hardware— a downtown Corinth institution encompassing four generations of family— will celebrate its 100-year anniversary Saturday from 1-3 p.m.
James David Biggers Sr., who was known as J.D., started the Cruise Street hardware store in 1918, said his granddaughter Jane Chamblee.
The public is invited to the centennial celebration on Saturday, which will include a key to the city presentation and letters from Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and U.S. Rep Trent Kelly, R-Miss.
Family member and U.S. District Court Judge Neal Biggers Jr. will be present and share some history about Biggers Hardware.
There will also be cake and door prizes.
J.D.’s wife was Annie Morrison Biggers, whose father, Robert Franklin Morrison, owned Morrison-Rinehart Grocery Co., which is the current location of Pizza Grocery in downtown Corinth.
J.D. passed away in 1945, but Biggers Hardware lived on thanks to several of his 11 children carrying on the legacy.
Chamblee said it makes the family proud that Biggers Hardware has supported so many generations over the years.
Chamblee’s father, Harry Lee, was one of the children who worked at the store for many years. Others were Jimmy, Elizabeth, Roy, Neal and Preston.
The third generation of family to operate the store included Lon Taylor Jr. and Chig Biggers followed by the current fourth-generation operators, which include J.D.’s great grandchildren Lon Taylor III and Lex Rhodes.