Chattooga County resident Brimp Warren was born May 8, 1924 on the
family farm near Berryton. Brimp was one of six children and never
spent a night away from home until he entered the Armed Forces in
Brimp and his
wife, Clara, have been married since 1947. They have two children,
Cindy and Matt, and several grandchildren.
first car I ever bought was a 1936 Ford coupe. I bought it from Bob
Smithson, and it was also the first car I ever sold. I didn't keep it
the war, Brimp worked for Frank Prince for six years. In 1954,
drove to Detroit, bought two used cars, brought them back to
Summerville, and sold them. For the next two years, he
driving to Detroit, picking out used cars, and selling them back home.
October 1956, Fred Aldred asked him to come work for him as the sales
manager at his Ford dealership on South Commerce Street in Summerville
(where BB&T bank is now located). Soon, Aldred sold the
to a man from Lafayette, and Brimp and a partner decided to buy the
Ford dealership in Rockmart. The partners kept it for two years before
the Summerville Ford dealer moved from South Commerce Street to East
Washington Street in the building formerly occupied by a Pontiac
dealer. The business lanquished with changing ownership until Brimp
purchased it in September 1960. He remained at this location until
moving in September 1968 to a new facility on North Commerce
across Highway 27 from Marvin Avenue.
Opening day in September 1968 saw the lot full of new 1969 model year
A 1969 Torino, Mustang, and LTD await customers in the new showroom,
decorated with flowers for the occasion.
A reverse angle from the previous shot.
Brimp Warren stands with his favorite car, the Ford LTD.
Brimp Warren (left) with Sales Manager Hobson Cavin (center) and
salesman Hansel Baker.
Brimp Warren stands with the office staff which included, from left to
right, Anita Johnston, Glenda Surles, and unidentified.
Good friends Mr. and Mrs. Austin Scoggins visited at the grand opening
of the new location. Mr. Scoggins was a former employer.
Service Department included, from left to right, G.T. Myers, Frank
Bearden, Buddy Dunn, Wayne Shipman, James Smithson, Josh Hudgins, Bill
Blackwell, Howard Pollard, and Mamon Price. That's a 1965 Chevrolet on
the lift behind the men.
Warren became Summerville's Ford dealer in 1960 and remained in that
role until selling his business in 1986. In an interview, he stated
that owning a business left little time for hobbies or other interests.
Many a Sunday afternoon would find him mopping the showroom and
cleaning up the shop.
Chattooga High School student Faye Mattis takes the keys to her new
1970 Ford Maverick from Brimp Warren Ford's sales manager, Hobson
Cavin, in this photograph taken in Fall 1969.
A picture taken in August 1972 shows several Ford Pintos lined up in front of the dealership on North Commerce Street.
Warren shared many memories of the car business on a visit to his home
in October 2013. Two Fords were parked in his driveway.
A souvenir of Mr. Warren's business greets visitors to his home.
by T. Emmett Nunn (except the last two). Courtesy of Chattooga County
Library. Some details of car dealerships in the county came from Robert
Baker's book, Chattooga:
The Story of A County And Its People.