Harrison Chevrolet-Buick was a Marianna/Jackson county landmark from 1928- 1973. Creshull and Mary Ann Harrison returned from their summer home this past June to join in the celebration of the opening of Miller-Miller Nissan which was a spinoff in television terms of the former Rahal-Miller Chevrolet Buick Cadillac Nissan. The name changed from Harrison to Rahal in 1974 before it went to Rahal-Miller and now Miller-Miller.
2018 is the 90th Anniversary of the automobile dealership. It has had only two other names on the buildings, Rahal and Miller during those years.
The initial building was located on the southeast corner of Green and Jackson Street. In the late 1930’s, C.C. Harrison bought the old Dekle building on the corner of Lafayette and Caledonia, and converted it into the dealership. The bottom floor was torn out, and converted to a Sinclair service station during the 1940’s. Later it was restored to the new automobile showroom. The business operated there until it was sold to The First Bank of Marianna in the 1960’s, where they built their new banking facility. An interim small building, which is now Century Link, served as the dealership until 1964. At that time a new facility was built one mile west of the old facility on west Lafayette Street, which now serves Miller & Miller General Motors operation.
For 45 years, Harrison Chevrolet - Buick was respected as an integral part of the community. The Harrisons were business leaders who took a leading role in the automobile community in Jackson County and the region, and were also very involved in civic and charitable acts in the community.
From the employees who washed and detailed the cars, to the sales managers and owners, all people were treated fairly and with respect at Harrison Chevrolet - Buick. The Harrisons left a lasting mark on the business community, and on many in the area. Owners Ricky and Dustin Miller have and are continuing this tradition. Ricky Miller says of things he learned through many years at the dealership, “Never embarrass the original name, and always, always treat your employees like they are your family because they indeed are our family. We hope to carry on the same service with the integrity instilled by Mr. Harrison for years and years to come.”
Harrison’s motto was: “Golden Rule Service Since 1928”