The Tinsley Bible Drug Company was founded in 1911 and is one of the oldest continuously operated businesses in Dandridge.
Doctor P.A. Tinsley was the local medical doctor and his nephew, Walter "Prock" Tinsley, was the druggist. Unfortunately, Walter died in 1933, leaving Dr Tinsley without a partner and pharmacist. That same year, Lloyd 'Doc' Bible graduated from 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" a short while later.
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 soda fountain was added.
Bill Eversole, a druggist from Morristown, became partners with Lloyd and remained so 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. Although there have been several changes over the years, it remains very much the same as it has for years.
In 2013, Don hired Dr. Sherri Ford as Pharmacist-In-Charge to take over daily pharmacy operations. Sherri lives in Dandridge with her husband, Brent and their four children.
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