Bill McGowanOn many a July morning, individuals travel to Rudy’s Happy Patch Market to shop and beat the later heat of the day. One such recent morning brought former mayor Bill McGowan back to the market. A long-time friend of the Perry family, he has been an outspoken advocate of the work of Stuart Perry and Perry Wellness Center.

“When I was mayor of Americus, I had many positive dealings with the late Bill Perry, “ he recalled. “We tried to speed every request for Perry Brothers Oil Company, as we realized the retail impact of the company on the tax base in Americus and Sumter County.” The family oil company provided the current home of Perry Wellness Center and has been a primary supporter of the program since it began.

The former mayor also noted, “I love to come and visit with Stuart and share memories of this corner on East Furlow Street.”

Perry Wellness Center founder and CEO Stuart Perry enjoyed the reminiscences and commented, “I guess it is better to recall the summer heat in Southwest Georgia,” as they discussed the hardships it caused on ensuring quality market offerings. Heat stress has caused increased attention to the freshness and presentation of market produce, but all products on display at the market are fresh and ready for customer enjoyment.

We always enjoy chatting with customers at the market. Thanks for stopping by, Mr. Bill!

In the photo above, Bill McGown, left, takes time to chat with Stuart Perry and staff member Charles Tanner.

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