By Brandon Sheffield, http://smilehallsville.wordpress.com
HALLSVILLE – You would think it would be hard to find something to say about someone who says so little! But it’s not.
Actually it’s far from it! It’s an easy task when a guy like Ray Jackson does so much for his community, but asks for nothing in return. Ever.
And that’s why I find myself wanting to highlight Ray in this blog. Any time this community has asked him for help, he has been right there in the middle of it. You will see him at local events with his employees serving plates of BBQ, sleeves rolled up, gloves on, and smiling the whole time.
Go to Brookshires any given weekend and you will see kids washing cars, selling cookies, and asking for donations of canned food! Where ever and how ever Ray can help, he does. Without question.
It’s just amazing to me when I see some one not only willing to donate money or supplies, anyone can do that. But he donates his time and in turn inspires not only his employees, but also myself and his community.
Regardless of how busy he may be at Brookshires helping customers find items, manning a cash register himself to help people get through his lines faster, or even taking groceries to cars, he is willing to take a moment to talk to you and make you feel at home in his home away from home: Brookshires.
Born and raised in Hallsville, Ray started working for Brookshires in high school 35 years ago! Being shy, he was barely able to speak to customers, but since then he has grown into not only a leader amongst his many employees, but also a leader in our community!
Married to Annette for 29 years they have raised two amazing daughters Kayla and Kaci and Ray will soon be a new grandfather, and I can’t think of anyone better suited for the role.
It sounds cliche, but trust me it’s sincere when I say that they don’t make them like Ray anymore! And we have to do a better job at recognizing people like Ray and the effort they give to make sure heir community is better than when they found it!
So any time you are at Brookshires and see Ray, make sure you thank him. He deserves it! Check out the small interview of Rays at the bottom of this page!
1. How long have you been with Brookshire’s
Been with Brookshire’s 35 years.
2. How many children do you and your wife have?
Two children Kayla and Kaci , been married for 29 yrs to wife Annette
3. How long have you lived in Hallsville?
Lived in the Hallsville community all my life (51 years)
4. How do you feel about your community, and what makes you choose to be such a huge part of it?
I am so grateful to get to live and work here. This is where I grew up and this is home. I know so many people in Hallsville thru family, school, work and church. I just want to do what I can to help out where possible in giving back to the community I live in.
5. Every time I talk to you, you always take time to say hi and have a conversation. Regardless of how busy you are, how do you stay so positive?
I really enjoy what I do and the people I work with. ( No matter how fast paced it is) The customers are great here in Hallsville and make it a joy to come work each day.
6. Has being in the customer service business something you have always enjoyed?
I didn’t plan on staying with Brookshire’s when I started in high school. I was really shy when I started and could barely even say Thank you to a customer. But thru the years I have grown and developed a love for serving.