Fendley Furniture building demolished

By the time you read this, Fendley Furniture will be no more. It was demolished Tuesday to make way for the city’s future downtown plans. -Kendall Roberts

By the time you read this, Fendley Furniture will be no more. It was demolished Tuesday to make way for the city’s future downtown plans. -Kendall Roberts

Fendley Furniture has served many generations. I would love it if the walls could talk and share the stories of Jack Fendley, Sibyl Hampton, Charlie Fendley and Mary Fendley. I was raised here as much or more than I was raised at home. I spent many hours playing on the railroad tracks with my brother, Scott Fendley, playing in the alley between Fendley’s and Alaco (my toy was a cardboard box and crayons/markers), hitting a tennis ball against the outside walls, and even skateboarding down the aisles of appliances. Daddy or Mama put me to dusting the furniture or vacuuming the floor. We will not talk about the spankings I got in the back because of my stubbornness. I would walk to the post office to get the mail where the Blount County Board of Education is now or to Dogwood Inn for everyone’s lunch. Mama B, my grandmother, lived close enough to the store if boredom struck. She also fed Scott and me frequently. Aunt Mae Hendrix, on the corner, also fed us awesome meals many times. Scott and I would wave to storekeepers as we went by. To get to the swimming pool, I walked, and I had to be back at the store before 5 if I wanted a ride home. My favorite memories were watching the Alabama Crimson Tide roll with the entire family on ALL the tv sets in the store. When the game got tough, daddy would go back to the shop. Go ahead many years…you would see granddaddy and Kelly going down the street for M&Ms and a coke daily because I carried her by after daycare for a visit every day. Too many memories….we will say goodbye to this Fendley Furniture structure, but it will be a wonderful addition to Wallace State. The memories will be with me forever.

– Sandy Fendley Sorrow