'Uncle Sam' closing pawn shop doors at end of month
To some, the term “pawn shop” has negative connotations.
But for Wayne Pendergraph, it has been a way of life for more than 30 years.
Since the early-to-mid 1980s, Pendergraph has been doing far more than selling or holding items. He’s been making connections, making friends and making memories. And even if many of his customers don’t know his real name, the man they call “Uncle Sam” has been a mainstay in the Lawton pawn shop game for more than three decades.
Uncle Sam’s Gun & Pawn Shop, 2116 Fort Sill Blvd., — the biggest gun store in Lawton — will close its doors at the end of the month. It had been run by his son, then sat dormant for years. This fall, Pendergraph made the decision to retire. He opened the pawn and gun store back up in October for a liquidation sale to sell the surplus guns he had left. With hundreds of guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition still left, the liquidation sale will continue through Sunday, Dec. 30.