.The Store "CandyLady".

My All-Time Favorite Penny "CandyLady" Ms. Mary Thomas

Thomas, Mrs. Mary E., 88 passed away Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at her residence in Midway, Alabama. The HomeGoing celebration will be held Thursday April 14th, 2011 at 12:00 noon from the sanctuary of the Mt. Coney Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. J. N. Robbins, Sr. Pastor. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Thomas will lie in repose at the church from 11:00 am until the funeral hour. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm. The staff of Carter Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of the late Mrs. Mary E. Thomas.  Montgomery Advertiser.

That store Ms. Mary Thomas ran looked so Big to me as a little Girl, when I went back to my Parents hometown in Midway and got "Grown" it was a small World. In 1998 she still had the old southern red gas pumps, I loved going to the store with a 1$ in my pocket Daddy would give me. I was "Big-Timey", that went a long way back then for  "Penny Candy" in the 70's when I have my fondest memories of going to the store.

Thanks for all the memories, and helping me to get a pickle out of the jar because I was simply too short back then! The 25cents bag of chips. Getting Pop out the machine and taking the top off in the built in remover from the counter. Red Fishes, candy necklaces and candy buttons, bottle caps, Lucky Lights cigarette gum that blew smoke!, FunDip, Bazooka Gum with the cartoons inside, Why did I save those? Necco Candy wafers, they were Dry!, Pixy Stix, Wax Bottle Candy with the juice inside. Fruit Stripe Gum. Oh! Henry candy bar, the vienna sausages, souse meat. All those smiles and smell of dust and dirt road. Those Little Brown Paper Bags! she would put all your Goodies in.

I got to tell Ms. Mary proudly when I was grown up what it meant to walk up there barefoot with my Cousins and get candy. She laughed so!  I can still remember Grandma Queen and being mad with her with my "Red Self" because she would take a piece or two and smelling Poppa's snuff. I can still smell his chewing Tobacco! My Cousins remember that store as well and I hope to hear more of their stories. It was just a daily activity, not so do about nothing kinda way down there. Strolling. Natural. Just easy like a Sunday Morning.

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Ohh, the Memories! Take time to remember those People in your Childhood, Thank You Ms. Mary!

Me and my Barefooted Cousin Marvin all Grown Up. Our Mother's were Sister's and our Daddy's were 1st Cousins