From his iconic studio on Cruise Street, McKewen has charmed and smiled his way into many lives. With assistance from his wife, Doris, he has also been a familiar face at community and school events and family reunions over the years.
In 2013, the McKewens experienced health issues. They were forced to close their business and sell their downtown Corinth studio.
Friends and admirers of the couple quickly jumped into action to help with the process of cleaning and moving countless items out of the studio.
“We wanted to do something to help the local legend,” said fellow photographer Bill Avery. “We have been moving frames and photos from Joe’s studio for several weeks.”
Avery and his classmates from the Men's Senior Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church are overseeing the sale of thousands of pictures taken by McKewen.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the couple.
“There are piles of photos everywhere. All different sizes. There are graduation photos from all the local schools from the last five decades,” Avery added. “Everyone who has ever had a photo taken by Joe should come to this sale.”
Avery said the sale will also include hundreds of high quality wooden frames and mats.
The sale will take place today and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at 1801-4A South Harper Road next to Sears in the Harper Square Mall.
The sale will continue Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., and Feb. 24-28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Corinth businessman Milton Sandy launched The Joe McKewen Photo History Fund on the website Fundrazr.com in early January. The monies raised assisted the group with moving costs.
“We had to pack and move irreplaceable negatives, photographs and equipment,” said Sandy. “It was an enormous task, but we have had great volunteers who love the McKewens and wanted to do this for them.”
(For more information or for an after hours appointment, contact Avery at 415-1999.)