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Page 2A June 12, 2019 eReporter By Diane Glldewell After 42 years owning and operating Dodd Builders Supply, Mike and Jennie Dodd are retiring and will no longer be helping cus- tomers with the'tr hardware and building needs six days per week. They have sold the business to Griffin Lumber and Hardware, which plans to begin serving customers in Forsyth the first of July. Dodd said Gritfin Lumber & Hardware carries a full line of hardware and build- ing materials. In fact Griffm carries OrgiU Hardware, the same as Dodd Builders Supply, so customers will see familiar brands and lines. "They are very customer- oriented like us. They will carry on s'unilar to us;' said Dodd. "They care about their customers. They'll be good for the community." Dodd's customers and his community matter to him, and he wants the business he built to continue to take care of them. He has served as a city council member for 18 years and has two years to go on his current term. He said Forsyth is home, and he has no intention of leaving. He came to Monroe County in 1972 to work in forestry, a new graduate of University of Georgia where he attended with Monroe Countians Nolen Howard and Billy Lancaster. He worked for Harold "Unk" Kendrick for four years until the opportunity to open Dodd Builders Supply arose. He and Jennie, whom he had married in 1974, opened the business at 70 West Main Street and stayed at that location for 20 years. Dodd said the build- ing had been a home and then for a number of years had been a medical clinic. Jennie and her siblings had been bom at the clinic. He said Jennie's office at Dodd Builders was across from what had been the delivery room at the clinic, and Jen- nie was teased that she had not traveled far from where she began life. The couple welcomed three sons, Emie, Jon Eric and Corb'm, the last two bom while their parents were working at the business on West Main Street. Jennie was helping a customer when she told him she had to leave to go have baby Corbin at Monroe County Hospital. The Dodds now have added three daughter- in-laws and four grandchil- dren to the family. Dodd said theirs was truly a family business, and Jennie's father, Jack Murray, was an important part of it for many years. Jack Murray also served on Forsyth city / council. By 1997 Dodd Builders Supply had outgrown the lot on West Main Street and moved to its present location on Harold G. Clarke Park- way near Exit 185 offi-75. "We didn't have room and were growing so fast;' said Dodd. "We did well. I'm proud the community sup- ported us" He said his loyal employ- ees, like Kenny Walker and Jeanette Sosebee, have been key to the long-term success of Dodd Builders Supply, too. Walker has been with the Dodds since the begin- ning, the whole 42 years. He will also be retiring with them as the store is trans- ferred to its new owners. "Kenny is my fight-hand man;' said Dod& "I don't know what I would have done without Kenny" He said they went through a tough time during the downtum of the economy; and it had been difficult to get back up to full force. After weathering that storm, when he was approached by Griffin Lumber and Hardware about buying the right time to sell. When asked what he will miss most, Dodd said it will be his customers. "I enjoy dealing with people. I love to talk to people" said Dodd. "We always had the coffee pot going, and there would be a group of contractors around." He said he built fiiend- ships with customers over the years, whether he saw them every couple of days or every few weeks. He would keep up with what was hap- pening in their lives. " aat's the beauty of a small town ' he said. Besides continuing his involvement with Forsyth on city council, Dodd plans to use his extra time after retirement p)aying golf, catching up with things that need to be done around his house, spending lime with his children and grandchil- dren and traveling a little. He grew up in North Geor- gia, one of six children, and still has a lot of family there. His father was one of nine and his mother one of seven children; so he has a lot of extended family, too. He would like to visit Norman- dy one day; where his uncle and father were part of the invading forces in WWlI; his uncle was wounded in the Battle of Saint-Lo, and his father-in-law served in the Arm}, Air l~or=o it. the Europe during the war. Dodd would also like to visit Gettysburg where his great uncle was killed and is buried at the battlefield. Dodd said he is proud of being a part of things the Mike and Jennie Dodd wave goodbye after selling their business. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) Forsyth city council has done and is proud the city is financially strong. "We have work planned, but we have funding for it rl** ~od" gaid Dodd. "~Ve have a good mayor and council:' He is pleased that Griffin Lumber & Hardware is a family organization and is civic-minded. The president is C.J. Griffin, and it is based in Cordele, with businesses in Tifton and Griffin as well as Forsyth. It began as Cordele Sash & Door. Randy Maddox, who is cur- rently working at the Griffin store, will manage the For- syria store, and the company will build up staff in Forsyth as they take over. "I enjoyed my 42 year run, but it's time to take it easy ,' said Dodd. By Will Davis tried to drive her 2013 Hyun- pubhsher@mymcmet dai Sonata offa tow truck on June 3 in a futile attempt to A naked Forsyth woman stop the 1 a.m. repossession of her vehicle. ::HEAT N Etheridge The repo man, tow truck driver Austin Roberts, said they had been looking for a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, which belonged to 19,year- old Shakayia Whatley, for non payment for about three months. Whatley was originally from Arizona, said Roberts, but they finally found the car at a Freeman Avenue address. As Roberts loaded the vehide onto his tow truck around 1:30 a.m he saw a woman go into Whatley's apartment to alert her. Roberts said Whatley ran outside naked, screaming and crying. Roberts told Whatley if she would put some dothes on and give him the key, he would let her get her things out. So Whatley gave him a car key; wrapped herself in a blanket, and got inside her car on the tow truck. But then, said Roberts, What- ley told her dad and sister to move their cars parked behind the tow truck so she could drive o~ She was also screaming that he couldn't take the car because she has seen how it works on the TV show "Lizard Lick Towing". Roberts said he told her that show is fake. Roberts told the Reporter she must've given him a dead key because she then cranked her car. But because of the tow truck, she was unable to move it. Meanwhile, Whatley's family members surrounded the vehide so Roberts dialed 911. Soon four Monroe County deputies and two Forsyth officers arrived to help. After deputies asked her to exit the car numerous times, Whatley got out. While deputies interviewed witnesses, a female witness yelled and cursed repeatedly while filming the incident on her phone. Deputies asked the female witness numer- ous times to step away and stop agitating the situation, warning her that if she didn't return to her own apartment and continued to interfere then she would be ar- rested for disorderly conduct. Meanwhile, a male witness also came out of his apart- ment and was also instigating things. Deputies then allowed IIII III II I I I II Your Heart Our Hands CENTRAL GEORGIA HEART & CENTER Physicians You Trust Front row: Brandon Elmore, MD, Carter Tharpe, MD, Jonathan Hoffman, MD, Zoe Jones', MD Back row: Amy Kingman, MD, Wendell Ellis, MD, Carrnine Oddis, MD f COMING IN JUNE! Vaughn Ham,] [ Byerly Vaughn Ham, NP, a lifetime Monroe County resident, will be seeing patients in our Forsyth Office located at 120 N. Lee St. Suite C. *Ask your primary care doctor. 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Roberts said after a year do- ing the job this was the most difficult rep ssessi h ' o on es ever done. But Roberts, whose company is based in Byron, said local law enforcement did a great job defusing the situation. Monroe County Deps. Yolanda Mercer and Paul Stewart, Sgt. Willie Brown and Cp[ Nicolas Ortiz and Forsyth Police officers Ter- rance Thomas and Kevin Power res rended to the standoff. UGA's Malik hosts camp for locals Sat. Former MP and current UGA defensive end Malik Herring is bringing some of his Bulldog buddies to host a free one-day camp for Monroe County kids at the rec depart- ment from 11 a,m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. * :m. Ag Pre-K to 5th Gradq Parents can register their children online at United Methodist 68 West Johnston Street, Forsyth, GA 478-994-5706 IIIIII I II I II III I A II , ~ ~ ',