Fill ‘er up


In Mingo, old-fashioned country store a thing of the present

By Kelly Jones - Special to The Independent



A group of friends gather at Larry’s General Store in what they refer to as ‘sessions’ - the first session meets in the early morning; he second group meets late afternoon.


Larry Bagley, Jr. checks the air in the tires of his 1952 Farmall 100.


A view of Larry’s General Store, located at the corner of Greenpath Road and Wrench Road in the Mingo Township.


Larry’s General Store employee Terry Bryant fills up a customer’s car. Larry’s is one of the few full service station’s still around.


The sound of chirping crickets can be heard as you walk by the vintage cricket box full of crickets at Larry’s General Store.


At Larry's 3- Molasses they pour their own molasses. (Kelly Jones|Special to The Independent)


1950’s Toledo Mercantile scale. Used daily to weigh hoop cheese & nails and other merchandise. A 1950’s Toledo Mercantile scale. Used daily to weigh hoop cheese and nails and other merchandise.


Full service gas stations are becoming a thing of the past. In fact, some people can’t remember the last time they visited one and most have never visited one at all.

For those who would like to visit a full service station still operating, Larry’s General Store in the Mingo community is just the place to see. The store has been open since 1964, and is owned and operated by Larry Calvin Bagley, Jr. It has been in his family for four generations.

Bagley shared “with the help of family and friends, we’ve been blessed abundantly to remain family owned and in business for over 50 years.”

Country stores like this create a place for people to come together and create social connections and invest in their communities. At Larry’s, there is a group of men who visit the store daily. “These men are some of my best friends and I am convinced that we would help each other anyway possible,” Bagley noted. “A lot of our topics range from the study of the Bible and praying for others to hunting, fishing, gardening and maybe even politics, if you can believe that.”

The store provides a large variety of products and services that include grocery items, plumbing and electrical supplies and general hardware. “We have hoop cheese, molasses and fishing bait, too” Bagley pointed out, ticking off a list of goodies one can find at the store.

“We also install new and used tires and do complete oil changes. If you live in our neighborhood, we will come get your vehicle and provide the services we offer and deliver it back to you the same day … by the way, the air for your tires is still free.”

Larry’s General Store is located at the corner of Greenpath Road and Wrench Road in the Mingo Township.

“The Lord has really blessed us for many years to see this kind of neighborly support,”Bagley attested. “Our community is very close; everyone knows everyone for the most part and cares for each other. You would have to search the world over to find folks as kind as the Mingo folks. Social connections like this are the hallmark of small towns.”

A group of friends gather at Larry’s General Store in what they refer to as ‘sessions’ – the first session meets in the early morning; he second group meets late afternoon.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_mensclub-1.jpgA group of friends gather at Larry’s General Store in what they refer to as ‘sessions’ – the first session meets in the early morning; he second group meets late afternoon.

Larry Bagley, Jr. checks the air in the tires of his 1952 Farmall 100.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_larrywithtractor-1.jpgLarry Bagley, Jr. checks the air in the tires of his 1952 Farmall 100.

A view of Larry’s General Store, located at the corner of Greenpath Road and Wrench Road in the Mingo Township.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Store-1.jpgA view of Larry’s General Store, located at the corner of Greenpath Road and Wrench Road in the Mingo Township.

Larry’s General Store employee Terry Bryant fills up a customer’s car. Larry’s is one of the few full service station’s still around.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_carfillup-1.jpgLarry’s General Store employee Terry Bryant fills up a customer’s car. Larry’s is one of the few full service station’s still around.

The sound of chirping crickets can be heard as you walk by the vintage cricket box full of crickets at Larry’s General Store.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_IMG_5225-2-1-1.jpgThe sound of chirping crickets can be heard as you walk by the vintage cricket box full of crickets at Larry’s General Store.

At Larry’s 3- Molasses they pour their own molasses. (Kelly Jones|Special to The Independent)
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Molasses-1.jpgAt Larry’s 3- Molasses they pour their own molasses. (Kelly Jones|Special to The Independent)

1950’s Toledo Mercantile scale. Used daily to weigh hoop cheese & nails and other merchandise. A 1950’s Toledo Mercantile scale. Used daily to weigh hoop cheese and nails and other merchandise.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Cheese-1.jpg1950’s Toledo Mercantile scale. Used daily to weigh hoop cheese & nails and other merchandise. A 1950’s Toledo Mercantile scale. Used daily to weigh hoop cheese and nails and other merchandise.
In Mingo, old-fashioned country store a thing of the present

By Kelly Jones

Special to The Independent

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