Fate brings Colvins to Crow Drug, Jacksonville
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Jay Colvin had never thought about serving Jacksonville as a pharmacist, but back in the late ‘90s fate intervened, and this is where he’s worked and supported his family for the past 12 years.

After receiving a degree in pharmacy from Auburn University in 1991, Colvin worked at a chain drug store in that area for a while. He moved to Calhoun County with the promise of being able to purchase a drug store once that pharmacist retired. That arrangement fell through, and Colvin found himself looking for another store.

One day as he and his wife, Kathy, were driving through Jacksonville, he noticed Crow Drug on the Square. He told Kathy that that would be a great place to work. At that time Jim and Rosa Willis owned Crow Drug.

Later, Colvin and Jim Willis talked and, a short time later, Colvin began working for Willis. About six months later, Willis decided he wanted to sell the store, and made an offer to Colvin.

The Colvins purchased Crow Drug from the Willises in October 2002.

Colvin said owning Crow Drug has been a gratifying experience in many ways.

“It provides me with community relations, friends and family,” he said. “It’s an all-encompassing place of employment.”

Colvin said that Kathy, who has a degree in fashion merchandising from Auburn, has an eye for merchandising. Crow Drug offers a variety of gift items, and that’s the part Kathy handles.

“She has an eye for merchandising,” said Colvin. “She’s my up-front chef. She’s the one that keeps the front end in proper array.”

He said that Glenda Burleson, who is a longtime employee of Crow Drug, is the cornerstone of the store. “She’s been with us the whole time we’ve owned it,” he said. “She came on board when Darwin and Elaine Hardison owned it, so that carves into history when she started. She knows all of our customers. That’s why she’s such a valuable asset.”

Colvin commends all of his employees.

“We have some pretty stringent guidelines for hiring,” he said. “My employees are the top of their class in all regards.”

Colvin said he believes that God put him and Kathy and their children at Crow Drug and in Jacksonville.

“Looking back at everything, I know He made this available for us,” he said. “We thank the whole community. We’re one of the few independents left in Calhoun County. Were it not for the city of Jacksonville, this little store wouldn’t be here. We have an amazing group of individuals who shop with us and allow me to help them with their medicine.”

Colvin was born in Albertville and graduated from Albertville High School. He attended Snead State in Boaz before transferring to Auburn. His parents, Jim and Marilyn Colvin, live in Albertville, as does his brother, Matt, who owns a pharmacy in Ider. Colvin has two uncles who chose to be pharmacists. One is deceased; the other owns a pharmacy in Cleburne County.

Colvin said while his father encouraged him to become a pharmacist, he gave him one piece of advice that he still remembers -- “Find a career where you can use your brain and not your back.”

The Colvins have been married 25 years. They have two children. Holleigh is 11, and Noah is 8. They are members of First United Methodist Church where Colvin is the charter organization representative working with Boy Scout Troop 4019. Colvin grew up as a Boy Scout and attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

“It’s a tough job keeping and guiding young men into adulthood,” said Colvin. “It’s difficult teaching them leadership skills and organizational skills. Still, it’s a very rewarding job.”

When he’s not dispensing medicine, Colvin likes to fish, hunt, water ski, snow ski -- anything that allows him to be outdoors.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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