CHILDERSBURG – On U.S. Highway 280 rests an unassuming little building, devoid of any signs of life, with numerous headstones sitting in front of the property.

To passersby it may not seem like much, but Childersburg residents know it to have a long, colorful history.

For years it served as the union hall for workers of Kimberly-Clark paper mill, members of the United Papermakers and Paperworkers and International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers unions. It has also served as a municipal court location and a credit union.

Now, the former union hall will once again undergo an identity change, as the property will be auctioned off on Aug. 28 at 1 p.m.

The former owners of the property, Forever Memories Monument, will auction off the property, but the company retains locations in Pell City and Moody.

Granger, Thagard and Associates, an auction marketing firm, will auction the property.

“It’s time for it to go into other hands,” said Jack Granger, president of the firm. “It’s such a good location. This is an opportunity for people who want to invest on 280.”

For those interested, the 2,347-square-foot building set on two parcels with 250 feet of frontage on U.S. 280, according to a flyer touting the auction. The larger parcel has 300 feet of frontage on 9th Avenue SW. The metal-clad, truss-span building is divided into three offices, two restrooms and a lobby in the front, with a warehouse area including a kitchen in the rear. It's across from Taco Bell and Winn-Dixie in the middle of retail, shopping, dining, banking and other businesses in Childersburg. It's zoned HC, highway commercial.

Stewart Burkhalter, who was president of the union from 1970 to 1985, said he hopes whoever buys the property puts it to good use. Still, Burkhalter said he doesn’t have any emotional attachments to the property, since the union never claimed ownership of the building.

In fact, Burkhalter said it’s about time the property be auctioned off.

“I think it’s past its heyday,” Burkhalter said. “This is something that probably should have happened a long time ago.”

For more information about the sale, contact granger at 205-326-0833 or visit

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