Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

June 9, 2013

Langdale Ford celebrates its 50th anniversary

VALDOSTA — Langdale Ford Co. reached a milestone this past Thursday night as employees, friends, family and retirees celebrated its 50th year in business.

During the spring of 1963, the Langdale family was approached by J. Carol Sherwood, a friend who was interested in purchasing the Ford dealership in Valdosta. Requesting their partnership, Sherwood went into business with Harley Langdale Jr., John W. Langdale and William P. Langdale in April and opened for business a month later.

“I have been here for over 21 years and have a good relationship with the Langdale family and company,” said Vice President Steve Everett. “We have great Ford products. If you talk to many people, they have a Ford story. We love it here.”

Sherwood held the title of operating partner and general manager until his retirement in the late 1980s. According to Everett and his team, the dealership truly succeeded during Sherwood’s term, establishing a lot of close relationships with customers and their families through the years.

Everett took over the general manager position in 1992 when he decided to go into partnership with the Langdale family. With more than 20 years experience with Ford, Everett is still highly dedicated to his duties and has been one of three general managers since the business opened in 1963.

“I am really proud of 50 years of business, it’s tough,” Everett said. “We’re rock solid here at Langdale Ford and I don’t see why we can’t celebrate 50 more years.”

Langdale Ford was originally located on West Central Avenue. Plans were immediately made to move into a brand-new facility on the corner of Oak and Magnolia downtown where it still remains today. According to the staff, customers who visit for routine service find the location of Langdale Ford to be convenient.

Near the beginning of Everett’s term, Langdale Ford’s facility was remodeled to freshen its image and to make room for new merchandise. The Langdale family added new offices to the dealership and expanded its parts and service departments to handle sales, services, parts and collision repair.

“Our employees and our customers are the only reason we are celebrating 50 years,” said President Wesley Langdale. “It’s all about these people. It’s about the customers.”

Langdale Ford’s 50th anniversary was sentimental to say the least for its employees, customers, former employees and their families. They were able to enjoy important mementos from the past including newspaper clippings, old photos and even vintage toy Ford cars that were placed around the office.

Ford Motor Company participated in the celebration, commemorating Langdale Ford’s 50th year of achievement. Rick Brisson, regional director for sales and service, presented Everett with a letter as well as an anniversary plaque.

“I do very few 50th celebrations. It’s mostly 25 and that’s because it’s hard,” Brisson said. “It’s leadership, character and community. Steve speaks highly of the community and his team and I am very proud of our company and our brand. It’s a family-owned business and I bleed Ford blue.”

Langdale Ford continues taking pride in its products and the ability to touch the life of every customer. The staff has been honored to be the Ford dealer of Valdosta for the last 50 years and looks forward to see what the next 50 will bring.

Text Only
Local News
  • 142314-Goodwill.jpg Goodwill hosts the Mexican Consulate

    Mexican citizens living in South Georgia have spent this week lining up at the Valdosta Goodwill to meet with the Mexican Consulate to obtain Mexican government issued identification.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723-Tree001.jpg Chamber plants 100th centennial tree

    Founded in September 1912, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723 - Operation M#10E3C7.JPG Veterans First

    With Moody Air Force Base expecting to lose 300 to 400 personnel due to government cutbacks, area organizations are working with military personnel about to enter the civilian work force.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lowndes increases millage rate

    For the first time since 1999, the Lowndes County Commission voted Wednesday to increase the millage rate.

    July 24, 2014

  • dui memorial 1.jpg Memorial honors woman killed in DUI case

    More than a week after the man responsible for her death was sentenced to five years in jail, a memorial sign has been placed at the site where Sheila Foster-Lamb was hit and killed by an impaired driver while she was on her way to work.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • City of Valdosta holds two millage hearings today

    The City of Valdosta adopted its 2015 Fiscal Year budget on June 19.

    July 24, 2014

  • Quitman body identified

    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the body of a man found in Quitman Tuesday and have ruled his death a suicide.

    July 24, 2014

  • EOM July 2014.jpg Sgt. Jonathan Yeargin Honored as July 2014 Employee of the Month

    Valdosta Mayor John Gayle and Fire Chief Freddie Broome honored Jonathan Yeargin as the July 2014 Employee of the Month at the July 10 City Council meeting.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clay Griner.jpeg Griner wins Lowndes commission runoff

    A long nine-week runoff election between Clay Griner and G. Norman Bennett came to an end Tuesday night with Griner beating Bennett by 1,060 votes, with approximately 70 provisional ballots left to count.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140722-Runoff_Voting003.jpg State Senate District 8 too close to call

    The race for State Senate District 8 appeared too close to call as of The Times print deadline late Tuesday night.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

School starts again in about two weeks. What do you think?

It's still summer. School starts too soon.
Seems like the right time to return.
Abolish summer recess. Make school year-round.
     View Results