Our Staff

Thomas Alton Williford

Owner & Pharmacist Manager

Thomas is entering his sixth decade at Newton Grove Drug. He has helped to care for generations of patients during this time. In fact, his family says that it seems like Thomas knows everyone in the area and everyone they are related to past, present, and future. An avid supporter of education, Thomas believes in doing things the right way each time. He has devoted his life to his church, his family, and the drugstore. Often, you will hear him remark, “I still love my job”…and he means it even after all these years.

Thomas lost his partner and beloved wife, Jo Ann, in 2017.  Jo Ann was an elementary school teacher for 35 years and drugstore clerk for even longer.  Through her career in education and her unofficial role as “Newton Grove Drug Company Ambassador”, Jo Ann helped others feel good about themselves, and ultimately realize their potential in life.  To those that knew her, she was simply an extraordinary person.  Known far and wide for her caring, loving, compassionate heart, her legacy lives on in her family: Thomas, Laura Jo, Joey, Robin, Charlie, and Suzanne.  These days, Thomas helps Joey at the store most Mondays and Wednesdays now.  When Thomas is not at the store, he can usually be found on his lawnmower, at Newton Grove Baptist Church, playing his piano, listening to Charlie and Suzanne play the guitar or piano, or watching a basketball game.

Herman Van Williford


Cousin Van has worked at Newton Grove Drug for over thirty years. He has been a vital cog in the business. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, Van has worked in both hospital and retail pharmacy.  He brings a wealth of knowledge to his job and to his customers his thoroughness and attention to detail are very much appreciated.  Van also holds a chemistry degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  If you need anyone to draw the chemical structure of glucose, then please come on Tuesdays and Thursdays when Van is at work as Joey strictly focuses on finding sources of glucose.  Van and his wife Wendy have one son, Chandler. When not at work, Van loves spending time at the beach with his family and watching Chandler play baseball collegiately.

Joey Wood Williford


Joey has grown up in Newton Grove Drug. As a child, he helped his dad do most anything at the store. Today, he and his wife, Robin, manage the business. A 2001 graduate of Campbell University School of Pharmacy, Joey has always loved the business and carrying on its’ place in the community is a passion of his. Joey loves his customers, many of whom he considers like family. In addition to his regular pharmacist role, he has been known to help kids with homework, tell a joke or two, and even work on a customer’s television.  If you like to talk basketball, barbecue, or all things Tar Heels…then come to Newton Grove Drug when Joey is at work on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Joey is a self-proclaimed basketball historian and purveyor of pizza, bbq, and burgers. He knows a little about medicine (please don’t ask him to draw chemical structures), but he knows an awful lot about good food.  From Murphy to Manteo, Joey probably saw so and so play ball or he’s tried the food and if he hasn’t, he’s still got a story about it.  In fact, BBQ Guru Bob Garner once stopped in to offer Joey the role of sidekick, but Joey told him he could not leave his dad or the circle.

Joey and his wife, Robin, have two children, Charlie and Suzanne. When not at work, Joey loves to be at the Dean Dome watching his beloved Tar Heels, spending time with his family, and playing with his children.