When Billy Gene Holman was in high school he worked at a Springfield jewelry store, Downey & Jones Jewelers. After he graduated from Springfield High School in 1944, Billy Gene joined the US Army where he served for 2 years and reached the rank of Private 1st Class. After his tour of duty ended he opened Watch Repair Concession on Fort Campbell Army Base with his brother, Robert (Buddy) Holman. In October 1953, the brother’s expanded their jewelry operation by opening Holman Jewelers at 611 Main Street in Springfield, TN.

 

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When Holman Jewelers opened in 1953 they carried a selection of Elgin Watches, Speidel watch bands and ID bracelets, Feature Lock Diamonds, and Zippo Lighters. They also carried a large selection of different brands of silverware including plates and tea services.

 The grand opening ad promised free “orchids for the ladies” and “gifts for the gents” with a drawing for a “free chest of silver” that was valued at $99.75 at the time (over $800 today). In 1953 you could also call Holman Jewelers at 149, but today please dial 384-3762 if you’re calling from Robertson County and if not, add the 615 area code.

As the grand opening ad promised, more brands were added to the Holman Jewelers stock and the business became a staple of the Springfield community. Some of the new merchandise Holman Jewelers began to carry included record albums and also hosted many high school dances on the second floor. They remained on Main Street until 1972 when it moved to Mooreland Shopping Center on Memorial Boulevard in Springfield.

 

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While Buddy sold his part of the business to Billy Gene in 1968 that did not stop the tradition of working with family. Over the years Holman Jewelers has employed a significant number of Billy Gene and Buddy’s family members including Billy Gene’s wife: Jeanette; their sister: Junsie and her daughter, Terri; all of Billy Gene and Jeanette’s nine children: Rita, Robin, Forrest, Cynthia, Celeste, Preston, Spencer, Russell and Brian; and five of their grandchildren: Cynthia’s children, Jason and Jodie; Rita’s daughter, Justina; Forrest’s daughter, Amanda; and most recently Brian’s oldest son, Aaron and even his son-in-law, Randy, husband to his daughter Celeste. While that’s almost 20 members of the Holman family that have worked for Holman Jewelers, that number pales in comparison to the total number of Billy Gene’s descendants which is approximately one person for every year Holman Jewelers has been in business!

The store flourished during the four decades it was at Mooreland Shopping Center. More brands were added, stock changed including elimination of record albums and silverware, but silver pieces remained part of the merchandise. Billy Gene continued to work at Holman Jewelers until his passing in 1998 after which his youngest son, Brian, became owner and continues in this role today. Also still working at Holman Jewelers are Billy Gene’s children, Celeste and Russell. You can find out more about Brian, Celeste and Russell on our staff page. During the last two decades at Mooreland there were many discussions about moving to an independent building and several locations were considered but it wasn’t until the lot at Memorial Blvd. and Blackpatch Dr. became available that a permanent location was chosen.

 

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In 2011 Holman Jewelers opened their third and final location across from the Kroger shopping center. The new location includes updated décor, display cases, dedicated repair, ear piercing and engraving rooms, a private consultation room, and new merchandise but the same knowledgeable and courteous staff you’ve grown to love over the six decades we’ve been in business.

 

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We even still carry many of the same brands of merchandise that was part of the grand opening ad including Speidel watch bands and ID bracelets and Zippo Lighters. Please be sure to visit our other pages for more information on our current merchandise, staff, services, and frequently asked questions.