Signs in Lynn Haven Honor Julious "Doc" Smith

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - You may have noticed two new signs on East 17th Street in Lynn Haven. They were put up by the city to honor a local legend. 

A year after Julious Smith's death, his son Timothy remembers his father's impact on the community. 

"He could talk to anybody, it didn't matter. He could really relate to you on any kind of conversation, anything you had to talk about," said Timothy.

His father opened Doc's Tire Repair in 1973, but it wasn't until the entire family got involved that the business took off. 

"He had somebody who he could really depend on which was his boys. It was five of us at that time, and those five boys all had a part in this business," said Timothy.

Timothy said his father's strong work ethic and compassion led to his success.

"Your work speaks for yourself and when you do work that people are pleased with, word of mouth carries a long way," said Timothy.

For four decades he worked, helping fix tires and connecting with people in the community all with a smile on his face.

"He had a vision and that vision was to actually make something of his own," said Timothy.

In April of last year, Smith passed away from liver cancer, but that didn't stop him from working until March.

"My father took his chances and you know he probably should have been gone before that, but he was just strong, man," said Timothy.

Smith told his sons one day he hoped to have a sign with his name on this street and the brother took his words to heart.

"When he passed we thought we really got to move on this and see what we can do about it," said Timothy.

They talked to the city manager and mayor Margo Anderson and now two signs stand on the street in his honor. Now Timothy and his brother Chris run the shop and plan to continue his legacy of kindness on.

"We got big shoes to fill no doubt cause me dad had a really big shoe, believe me," said Timothy.

Doc's Tire Repair only has four employees currently but they hope to expand as they grow. 


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