By Jackie Huskey
For Corinth Today
A century of hardware history was celebrated in downtown Corinth on Saturday.
More than 100 people attended the Biggers Hardware centennial celebration.
Leroy Worsham, 99, a grandson-in-law of founder J.D. Biggers, worked at the store for $1 a week. Worsham, a World War II veteran, told the crowd he hopes the store is around for another 100 years.
U.S. District Court Judge Neal Biggers, a grandson of J.D. Biggers, drove a delivery truck for the store, even before he had a driver’s license.
The store was started in 1918 by James David Biggers Sr. and has been operated ever since by members of the Biggers family. The fourth-generation operators include two of J.D.’s great grandchildren, Lon Taylor III and Lex Rhodes.
Biggers Hardware has evolved to survive the big box stores in Corinth. In 1918, the store primarily sold farm supplies, such as tractors, bridles and barbed wire. Then it was a general store, selling sporting goods, china, pottery, household appliances and hardware. Now, Biggers supplies plumbers and electricians and sells appliances.
A loyal customer base has played a key role in the store’s longevity, Taylor said, adding, “We have third- and fourth-generation customers now.”
Rhodes plans to keep working at Biggers Hardware for a long time and hopes younger members of the Biggers family join him.
Jane Biggers Chamblee, granddaughter to J.D. Biggers Sr., organized the celebration.
Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin presented the owners with a key to the city and declared Saturday as Biggers Hardware Store Day in Corinth.
A proclamation from the state Legislature recognizing Biggers Hardware as a community asset was shared by State Rep. Nick Bain, D-Corinth. That sentiment was echoed in other proclamations from Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and U. S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss.