Ray City was boyhood home of Morris Levin

Morris Levin

Morris Levin, 1931. Image detail courtesy of http://berriencountyga.com/

Morris Levin, 1931.  Morris Levin grew up in Ray City, GA and was later instrumental in bringing industry to the Nashville, GA area. Image detail courtesy of http://berriencountyga.com/

Morris Levin was born August 21, 1915,  in New Hanover County, North Carolina.  He was a  son of Nettie Simon and Abe Levin. As a child he came with his parents  to Ray City, GA where his father went into the grocery business for several years.  The 1920 census shows the family lived in a house on Jones Street, and that Abe Levin was a business owner and employer.  Abe Levin showed his support for the community with an advertisement in the 1929 debut of the Ray City News newspaper.

As a teenager, Morris Levin worked on the Ray City farm 0f Effie Guthrie Knight.  He assisted June Guthrie, Effie’s brother, with the farm labor.    June was responsible for the day to day operation of the farm from a young age, and was a farmer all of his life.  Later, the Levins moved to Nashville, GA and operated stores there for many years.    Whenever the Guthries shopped at the Levin store in Nashville, Morris always treated them with such cordiality and respect.  Many Ray City people, folks like Arrin and Verde Futch, continued to shop with the Levins at their Nashville stores.

Morris and Beverly Levin. Image courtesy of http://berriencountyga.com/

Morris and Beverly Levin. Image courtesy of http://berriencountyga.com/

Among the Levin’s good friends in Nashville, was Maude Sizemore.  Maude worked as a practical nurse, and was raising two boys on her own.  The Levins, through their community connections, were able to help Maude with good job opportunities.  One job was providing care for the children of Abraham Simon (A.S.) Harris,  a prominent merchant and owner of the largest department store in Ocilla, A.S. Harris Department Store.


Morris Levin,  photographed at Ivy Inn,  Berrien County, GA by A. W. “Wink” Rogers. Image courtesy of www.berriencountyga.com

Morris Levin, 1965.  Photographed at Ivy Inn, Berrien County, GA by A. W. “Wink” Rogers. Image courtesy of http://www.berriencountyga.com

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  1. Bill Outlaw said,

    November 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Nothing here but positive feelings, respect, and good memories of Mr. Levin. Though it need not be revealed here, he did a big favor once.

  2. December 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Great article; one correction, the photo, taken at Ivy Inn, above, is from the A. W. “Wink” Rogers photographs collection.

    • December 4, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Wenda Gaile,
      thanks for the feedback and the additional info. I’ll make the changes above.



  3. Jim McGill said,

    December 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    In the late 50’s through 1965, I was an avid customer at Levins Dept store..He always kept up to date men’s clothes..Being a teenager, I wanted Haggar Snug Duds pants and great looking shirts. I bought my first Madris shirt there. I’ll Never forget the purchase of that shirt…It cost over $30.00 at that time, which was alot for a shirt in the 60’s. Mr. Levin was always very cordial and nice. I also remember the foot x-ray he had in the store..it was suppose to tell your shoe size…These are great memories..Jim McGill

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