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Calhoun Magazine | January/February 2017 | 25 W ill Crowley knows about sweat, determination and hard work. From the time he was a teenager growing up in Calhoun, he dreamed of opening his own small town pharmacy. Through years of study and working for others he stayed focused on his goal, and today he is the pharmacist and proud owner of Crowley Drug Company. :LOOJUHZXSERWKOLWHUDOO\DQG¿JXUDWLYHO\LQWKHFHQWHU of Calhoun just a few doors down from First United Methodist Church. The Crowley family has always been active in the life of the town. Will's father George, president of North Georgia National Bank, has served on both the Calhoun City Council and the School Board, and KLVPRWKHU$QQWDXJKW3UH.DW6ZDLQ(OHPHQWDU\XQWLO her retirement. The three Crowley siblings were all honor graduates at Calhoun High School. The oldest, Neal, is now a lawyer living in Baltimore with his wife Isabelle, DQG$QQDFXUUHQWO\WHDFKHVDW&DOKRXQ(OHPHQWDU\+HU husband, Nathan Leatherwood, is a Calhoun PreK teacher. A lover of science, Will knew from an early age that he ZDQWHGWRZRUNLQWKHPHGLFDO¿HOGKHOSLQJRWKHUV+LV family used Palmer Drugs in downtown Calhoun for their prescription needs, and he liked the personal hometown feel of Jimmy Palmer's business. He was also inspired by Mike Jenkins, who worked many years as a pharmacist at Kroger and was Will's neighbor and third grade Sunday School WHDFKHU+HVDZ¿UVWKDQGWKHSHUVRQDOUHODWLRQVKLSVERWK Jimmy and Mike formed with their customers and how they ZHUHDEOHWRKHOSSHRSOHGXULQJGLI¿FXOWWLPHVLQWKHLUOLYHV His dream of opening his own small town drugstore began to take root. College and pharmacy school at the University of *HRUJLDFDPH¿UVW&URZOH\VKDYHEHHQDWWHQGLQJ8*$ for three generations, and Will, Neal and Anna continued the tradition. During his college years, Will came home to work at Kroger Pharmacy in the summer and on breaks. He always knew he would come back to Calhoun to live. "The big city life was not for me," he says. After graduation, he took a job as pharmacist at Dart Drugs in Dalton and began planning and saving for his dream. He also got married to a local girl, Jayme Dodd, QRZWKHPXVLFWHDFKHUDW)DLUPRXQW(OHPHQWDU\6FKRRO Like Will, Jayme grew up in a community-oriented family. Her father, Jim Dodd, is a former mayor of Fairmount and currently serves on the Fairmount City Council. Her mother, Joy Dodd has been a long-time music teacher for Gordon County Schools and now works at Sonoraville (OHPHQWDU\-D\PHZDVDWRSJUDGXDWHRI*RUGRQ&HQWUDO where she starred in many of the musicals produced by Kim Watters. After settling into married life, Will's dream of opening his own store began to take shape. He found the perfect location at the corner of Curtis Parkway and Dews Pond Road to begin building. "We wanted to be close to UHVLGHQWLDODUHDVGRFWRUV¶RI¿FHVWKHKRVSLWDODQGWKH schools," says Will. "We want to be as convenient as possible for people coming home from work or school. If our customers are sick and don't feel well, we want to make it as easy as possible for them." Gordon County residents were involved in each step of the creation of Crowley Drug. Local architect Dan Taylor drew the plans for the building and Jessica Peckham Flake, an experienced healthcare designer from Atlanta and wife of Gordon Central grad Adam Flake, created the interior. Calhoun contractor Brent Stepp was in charge of construction. As the building went up, Will saw his dream becoming a reality. Will took a leap of faith in 2015 when he left his job in Dalton to open the pharmacy. As word has spread of his professionalism and personal service, business has steadily grown. In addition to Will as the pharmacist, Nancy +ROFRPEDQG(PLOLH

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