Manry Rawls, LLC was founded in Virginia in 1872.

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We are one of the oldest independent insurance agencies in the Mid-Atlantic region.

1872

L.L. Manry and Sons, Inc. was founded in Courtland, Virginia in 1872 by Lucius L. Manry. Mr. Manry was a veteran of the Civil War and returned home to embark on the insurance business. At one time, L.L. Manry and Sons, Inc. was the oldest privately owned insurance agency in Virginia still trading under its original name.

1908

Manry was joined in the business by his sons, Edward, and Wilbur. After returning from the first World War, Edward decided to run the family’s farming and sawmill business rather than remain in the insurance business.

1923

Wilbur Manry took over the management of the agency.

1950

Wilbur Manry was joined in the business by his nephew, Edward H. “BB” Brooks, Jr.

1962

In 1962, Joseph W. Hutt, Jr. and Louis P. “Packy” Jervey, Jr. joined the agency. In 1965, L.L. Manry purchased the Jack B. Farmer Agency in Franklin, Virginia, establishing a Franklin office. In 1968, Arnold A. “Sandy” Dempsey, Jr. joined the agency, and later that year, L.L. Manry purchased the Jesse Lee Agency in Drewryville, Virginia.

1971

L.L. Manry and Sons, Inc. merged with R. P. Rawls and Son Agency of Franklin. R. P. Rawls and Son was founded in 1920 in Franklin by Mr. R. P. Rawls—in 1935, Rawls was joined in the agency by his son, R. “Ashby” Rawls. The merged entity began trading as Manry-Rawls Corporation.

1972

E. Warren Beale, Jr. joined the firm as the company celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1977, Paul Hartz, Inc. of Waverly, Virginia joined the Manry-Rawls agency establishing a Waverly location.

1979

Manry-Rawls purchased the Savedge Insurance Agency, which had offices in Wakefield and Stony Creek, VA. William B. “Buddy” Savedge joined the firm in June of 1979.

1980

“Packy” Jervey was elected President of Manry-Rawls.

1981

The J. W. Pope Agency in Boykins, VA, joined the Manry-Rawls group—later that year, Manry-Rawls also opened a Smithfield, VA, location.

1982

Manry-Rawls expanded again and purchased the Dinwiddie Agency in Dinwiddie, VA.

1986

“B.B.” Brooks retired as chairman of the board of Manry-Rawls after 36 years of service.

1987

Manry-Rawls purchased the Hopewell-Petersburg Agencies. The Dinwiddie and Hopewell-Petersburg locations were combined and moved to a new location in Colonial Heights, VA.

1989

Manry-Rawls Corporation was purchased by Warren Beale and his brother, Frank.

1992

Manry-Rawls purchased the Bristow Agency in Franklin, VA, formerly owned by Wesley F. Wills.

1995

Joseph Hutt retired from Manry-Rawls with 33 years of service.

2001

Manry-Rawls Corporation split the agency—the Chesterfield location was assumed by Frank Beale and was no longer affiliated with Manry-Rawls Corporation. The Franklin and Courtland locations remained as Manry-Rawls—Warren Beale remained as president and became the sole owner of the agency.

2011

Warren sold Manry-Rawls Corporation to V. S. Pittman, II and James M. Cox and the agency changed its name to Manry Rawls, LLC. “Vee” Pittman assumed the title of president and Jim Cox was named vice president.

2014

Manry Rawls, LLC purchased the Windell Francis Agency (crop insurance). Also in 2014, Manry Rawls welcomed Farmers Bank as a partner in the agency. Farmers Bank is a locally-owned bank headquartered in Windsor, VA, with multiple locations in the region.

2015

Manry Rawls purchased the Shirley T. Holland agency in Windsor, VA.

2016

Manry Rawls purchased the Lifsey Agency in Emporia, VA. Also that year, Manry Rawls opened a new office in Smithfield, VA. Manry-Rawls Corporation had a prior office in Smithfield that was closed and consolidated in 1994.

2017

Farmers Bank purchased the ownership interest of Jim Cox. Founded in 1919, Farmers Bank and Manry Rawls share a common vision for our clients that has enabled both entities to flourish for many years. This partnership makes both companies stronger and better prepared to serve the needs of our clients in the future.

2018

Manry Rawls, LLC purchased E.V. Lankford Agency in Emporia, VA.

2019

Carolina East Associates, Inc. of Williamston, NC, merged with Manry Rawls, LLC to create one of the largest regional crop insurance agencies in the Mid-Atlantic.

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