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Guffin & Eleam, Inc. is dedicated to providing the best possible service to it’s customers by obtaining and preserving contracts with the top insurance companies available.  All of the employees of Guffin & Eleam, Inc. receive continual training in the latest insurance products, rules, and regulations to be able to provide our customers with the best possible service.  Our agency strives to be the standard by which other agencies measure themselves.


Guffin & Eleam was started in 1926 by Miss Beulah Shropshire. She was born in 1886, and she was the very first woman to hold an insurance license in Georgia. She ended up selling the business in its entirety to Robert Guffin in 1949. He then went on to hire Allen “Butch” Eleam, and then the name was eventually changed to Guffin & Eleam from Shropshire & Guffin.

Miss Beulah’s family was one of the original families that settled in Chattooga County. In 1949 Robert Guffin joined the agency. Mr. Guffin purchased the agency from Miss Beaulah in 1972. In 1977 Allen W. (Butch) Eleam came to the agency after graduating from Emory University Business School. Mr. Guffin remained an owner until his death in 2006. The agency is now owned by Mr. Eleam. Guffin & Eleam has held an insurance contract with The Travelers Insurance Companies for more than 80 years, one of the longest continuously held contracts in Georgia. Guffin & Eleam, Inc. also has an office in Rome through its affiliation with Frank Jones Insurance.