This is a remnant of Argyle’s early days, but I’m not sure its original purpose. The brick on the first floor appear to have been replaced at some point.
This originally served as the Argyle Methodist Church, but after it was decommissioned it was renamed the Arthur J. Moore Community Center. Bishop Moore was born in Argyle in 1888 and went on to become one of 20th-century Methodism’s most visible disciples.
Thanks to Jerome Sherrod for identifying an earlier photograph of this store. On 26 February 2014 he wrote: “I grew up in Homerville and still live there. When I would go to the church behind this store with friends we would walk up there and get a coke and some peanuts. Of course the peanuts had to go in the coke, as any true Southerner will tell you. It was the only way to do it.” It’s still open today, but under different ownership.
Thanks to Walter Hughes for identifying the location. His grandfather Willis H. James owned the store and he was born and grew up in the house right behind it.While I was in Argyle, a lady passing by told me that she grew up in the town and when she was a young girl, this store sold everything from kerosene to live chickens, and everything in between.