Full-service gas station era ends as Mask closes his doors in F’ville

Jerry Mask closes up his service station in Fayetteville, the last full-service station in town. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

The last full-service gas station has closed in Fayetteville, not to mention the last station owned by a native Fayette Countian.

Jerry Mask, 69, has lived and worked here most of his life. He began delivering groceries on his bicycle at the age of 12, delivered them by car at the age of 16 and was graduated from Fayette County High School in 1962.

One of nine children of Roland and Mary Lou McElwaney Mask, he has worked for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Fayetteville Police Department.

In September 1985 he purchased the service station on Ga. Highway 85 South, near the former Melear’s Restaurant. The station had been in existence since 1957.

What does owning a small local service station require? Knowing your customers, for one thing. Many of them either grew up with Jerry or went to school with him, and Jerry knew which ones he could allow to charge their gasoline and which ones he felt should pay cash.

Back in the day, local businesses had books with duplicate pages. If you were privileged to charge your gas or your groceries for a month, and the end of each month you came in, charges were added up, and you paid them in full for that month.

At closing, Jerry had 34 booklets on hand, with many coming in and paying him for the last time. For those who forgot to do so, remember, Jerry knows where you live.

After being at the station from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. since 1985, Jerry decided it was time to retire. Besides being time to retire, here are a couple more reasons.

Yes, his gasoline might be 10 cents more than the new commercial service station down the street, but anything else you might need there, there will be a charge for it. Jerry did not charge for putting air in your tires or wiping down your windshield after a rainstorm.

Then there were the ladies who would drive in and tell him their husband told them to go to Jerry’s and have him check their tires. Jerry would ask the ladies if they needed gas, and the reply was always, “No, my husband filled up [somewhere else] last night.”

He has found a good job for his longtime employee, also a native Fayette Countian, Jerry Lindley. It’s a good one, Lindley said, with good benefits.

Jerry is now looking forward to enjoying his membership in the Fayetteville Masonic Lodge #711 and the Fayette County Shrine Club.

He is also going to enjoy his children, grandchildren, and yes, even great-grandchildren.

Thus ends an era of the way things used to be.

RKS
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New Mask Owner so Friendly!

I stopped in yesterday. Very nice owner and very nice mechanic. The place cleaned up so nicely. Great service provided.

Stonewall
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NOT Closed - and Ethanol-Free Fuel is available and pumping...

Got the 90 Octane Ethanol-Free Fuel at Mask Service Station, just South of Downtown Fayetteville.

They will also be extending their hours.

Liferfrom65
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Ethanol free gas

You can get it right now at the BP in Fairburn and you can burn it in your car.

Stonewall
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Ethanol Free Fuel -- I'll post back here when it is at the pumps

You can also check out their Facebook page "Mask Full Service Station". They'll post there when they have Ethanol-free fuel at the pump.

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STAYING OPEN -- "This report of my death was an exaggeration."

The only Full Service Station in Fayetteville will stay open ! I believe they were only out of gas for about a day... same great mechanic and new management -- with Jerry Mask around for words of advice, happiness or crabbiness -- whichever is needed at the moment!

The new management is cleaning the place up and I believe the new name will be Downtown Full Service. Will be one of the only places in metro Atlanta where you can get Ethanol-Free fuel for your small engines and recreational uses.

Stop by Mon-Sat in Downtown Fayetteville, 360 S. Glynn Street - across from Fayette Mowers.

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Downtown Full Service

Has closed.

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Full Service

A luxury of the past. Sad.

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Ethanol free fuel

rocks.

I hope what you are saying is the truth.

RKS
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All the best to you Jerry

You weren't the friendliest guy in town, but for all these years, I came to see you annually for my emissions. I never thought to stop in for anything else cuz you were just so darned crabby and gave me the impression that it would be a bother to help me out. But, maybe you earned that grouchiness watching the town of Fayetteville go down the toilet, so you are forgiven.

Happy retirement.

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You must be one of the ones

he wouldn't extend monthly credit too. Such vitriol on a beautiful Wednesday morning.

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No need for credit
Spyglass wrote:

he wouldn't extend monthly credit too. Such vitriol on a beautiful Wednesday morning.

Didn't ask for credit, just went there annually to get my emissions done. Chose him because he was local, but truth is, he never was friendly. I paid my 25 bucks in cash each year, thanks very much.

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I have to say

I never met the man, but he was in business a LONG time, so he must have done something right.

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