One of Panama City's pioneers is celebrating a milestone. Ellis Fowhand, owner of Fowhands Furniture, turned 100 years old last week. But he isn't sitting around retired, he works every day at a job he still loves, and the highlight of his success, Is very close to his heart...
Fowhand says "I met a gal that I loved very much, she went to Florida State College for women, and I went to work". He says when she came back, he married her. Her name was Phoebe Masker. She passed away ten years ago.
He began working for his dad at the age of ten. Then as an adult in 1952, bought out one of the stores and built a new one on Harrison Ave in 1958.
Fowhand says he always bought middle grade furniture so people could afford it. Not the most expensive, but nothing cheap. He said he still goes to work every day, working "half a day" 6am-6pm.
He counts his blessings but says the most important thing in his life, is the love of his family.