Tinsley Bible Drugs is locally owned and operated by Brent & Sherri Ford, who live in Dandridge with their four children.
Our store is the oldest continuously operated business in Jefferson County. The Tinsley Drug Company was founded in 1911 by Doctor P.A. Tinsley, the local medical doctor and his pharmacist nephew, Walter "Prock" Tinsley. Unfortunately, Walter died in 1933, leaving Dr. Tinsley without a partner and pharmacist. That same year, Lloyd 'Doc' Bible graduated from the UT School of Pharmacy in Memphis. On a trip home, he found out that Dr. Tinsley needed a pharmacist. Walter's widow decided to sell their stock in the drugstore, which Dr. Tinsley suggested that Lloyd buy. With a little financial assistance, he purchased the stock and the store officially became known as the "Tinsley-Bible Drug Company".
At that time, the building was only half as wide as it is today. (You can see the support columns that divide the space.) Mr. Pearl Chambers, who operated the little store next door, was ready to retire and was glad to leave it. Tinsley and Bible purchased the space from Jefferson County Bank, the wall was torn down and the luncheonette was added.
They were partners until Bill's untimely death from drowning. Don Rose, a pharmacist who had worked with Bill in his Morristown store, came to work with 'Doc' Bible.
He kept the name 'Tinsley-Bible' both as a tribute to Doc and because so many people were familiar with the name of the store and trust in the brand. Although there have been several changes over the years, it remains very much the same as it has for years.
The pharmacy’s computer systems were updated, allowing our pharmacy services to remain competitive in modern times. In 2015, Sherri and her husband Brent purchased Don’s shares in the company and look forward to serving Dandridge for many years to come. They are active in their church community and local sports teams, supporting many local programs for students.
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