Mendes, Georgia

Mendes GA Tattnall County Waters Service Station Gulf Oil Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

As you approach Mendes you feel as if you’ve stumbled into another time.  Waters Service Station’s bright orange Gulf Oil sign stands like a beacon for the surrounding farmland. My first photograph of the store was featured on the Daily Shot on Garden & Gun‘s blog in 2013, and remains one of my favorites.



9 thoughts on “Mendes, Georgia

  1. Patricia Zemp

    I went thru there last week and someone has destroyed the Gukf sign. I guess they stole it. Really upsets me. I loved that landmark!!

  2. Richie Waters

    This was my grandads store. Now my dad owns it. I remember sprite in a bottle with peanuts in it was my favorite.

  3. Shanna Waters

    Awwwww! That is my Papa’s store. I miss him sooooo much! I would always get coke & peanuts. Once in awhile I could get a can of sardines! Thanks for the memories!!

  4. Joni Durrence Lewis

    Born and raised in Mendes Ga. No other place like it. My parents were Marquette Ruth Durrence and JoAnn Sands Durrence. Dads mom was Ruth Purvis Durrence. Love this town and always will! So so many memories!

  5. earline30427

    We were just talking about this store the other day when I met you at the library. Reminds me of your work each day when I go by. Just live less than one mile away. Also enjoyed the house near Stoney Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Drove by there today and took a careful look. Keep up the good work, enjoy seeing your pictures. Earline Thompson


  6. Tanya Sumoski

    My dad grew up in Mendes about a half mile from this store. My Granddaddy used to take us kids there on Saturdays and buy us bottled coke and penny candy! I can still remember the lady’s name that used to run it….Ms. Ruby Jean. Such sweet memories. We also used to play in the old Mendes school house where my dad went to school as a child. It is no longer there now. Thanks for posting!!


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