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(Jim Smith III has been with S&S for 70 years, since he was 11. Photo by Beau Cabell/The Telegraph)

The S&S Cafeteria in Macon has been part of my family’s life for as long as I can remember. We would stop every time we came down I-75 from Atlanta on our way to Florida or to visit my grandparents in Hawkinsville.

When I started working in Macon, married and settled down, my father always insisted on going to S&S whenever he visited. “Dad,’’ I would say, “you know there are OTHER places to eat in Macon.’’

But that didn’t sway him. He loved S&S. And I think about him every time we go there.

Of course, when our children were younger, we would sometimes go two or three times a week. Their 99-cent children’s meal is the best deal anywhere. We could feed a family of four for under $12. That’s cheaper than buying and preparing it yourself from the grocery store.

If you didn’t get to see my Sunday column on James Smith III, of the S&S, here is the link. It’s an important part of Macon’s history.

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