Beroth Oil History
Beroth Oil Company was founded in July, 1958 as V. V. Beroth Oil Co. with V. V. Beroth, Sr. as the sole owner. Beroth was founded as a Fuel Distributor for the Amoco Oil. Co, distributing gasoline and fuel oil (home heating oil) in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area. The owner purchased three tank wagons from the previous distributor (R. W. Craft) when Amoco Oil consolidated its operations at its Friendship terminal in Guilford County, North Carolina. Beroth was an agent for Amoco until 1964 when thru the leadership of Amoco's district manger, W. B Paterson, it became a Jobber for Amoco in Forsyth, Yadkin, and a portion of Davidson and Guilford counties in N.C. The business was fitst a Cartage Contractor with Amoco becoming a Jobber in December 1964. The business aspects continued to blossom with the adding of automotive products known as TBA (tires, batteries accessories) in the early 1960's.
Since the beginning, all of Beroth's four sons have worked in the business while either holding down others jobs or attending school. Beroth's sons, V. V. Beroth, Jr., George, Thornton and Winfield started working full-time at different times with Vernice starting after graduation from High Point University with responsibilities of driving a fuel oil/gasoline tank wagon and office duties. V. V. Beroth, Jr was the first son to join the business full-time. Winfield joined the business full-time after graduation from Appalachian State University in 1965 with duties that included driving a fuel oil tank wagon and TBA sales.. Thornton joined the business in 1969 with the purchase of Joyner Oil Co, in Mt. Airy, N. C after his stint as a Charles Chip distributor. He served as the manager of Beroth Oil Co. of Mt. Airy, Inc. Then George joined the business in the middle 1970's after working, at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co for a number of years. In the late 1970's, Beroth and his sons purchased Myers Oil Company, Statesville, N. C., and Yadkin Oil Company, Yadkinville, N. C. After this acquisition, Beroth's sons where working all over the Piedmont section of N. C. V. V. Beroth Jr. was manager of V. V. Beroth Oil Co. Inc. in Winston- Salem, George was manager in Yadkin Oil Company in Yadkinville a division of Beroth Oil Co. of Statesville, Thornton was manager of Beroth Oil Company of Mt. Airy, Inc and Winfield was manager of the Statesville operation, Beroth Oil Co. of Statesville, Inc. In the mid 1980's, Beroth Oil Co. of Statesville, Inc. purchased J. & J Oil Company in Elkin North Carolina and George assumed the managerial duties of this operation. The first convenience store was built in Mt. Airy in the late 1970's with the building of a kiosk operation with a small area for selling other convenience items. Other convenience stores were added in the 80's and 90's V. V. Beroth, Sr. retired from the daily operations of the company in the mid 1980's but still today visits the office frequently. Convenience stores began popping up in the Piedmont section of N. C. and a common name was needed for operations. The name Four Brothers Food Stores was adopted as the trading name for all of the Beroth Oil convenience stores in the mid to late 1980's where the number had grown to more than twenty-five. All of the Beroth companies were merged in the early 90's to form Beroth Oil Co with V. V. Beroth, Jr. as President, George, V.P. western territories, Thornton, V. P., northern territories, and Winfield as VP Director of Convenience Stores with headquarters in Winston-Salem. In the 1990's a third generation of Beroth's started working with Beroth Oil with the sons of Vernice (Walter), George (Kevin) and Winfield (Vic). Vernice, George and Thornton retired in the early 00's but continue to hold stock in the corporation and serve on the companies Board of Directors. Each regularly drop by the office for updates of business activities.
In 2011, Winfield retired and the third generation took the helm. Today, Beroth Oil is operated by Walter (president), Kevin (VP), and Vic (VP).