Ford recently had the privilege of honoring Wallace Redd, a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, with the Hometown Hero award for his 88 years of service at the same Jim Snead Ford Dealership. In his honor, he was also presented with a customized Cockpit USA G-1 Aviator leather jacket.
In 1931, Mr. Redd left school at the age of 10 and began working at Jim Snead Ford in Waynesboro, Virginia, to help provide for his family. He started by sweeping floors and emptying trash, but by 1936 he was doing transmissions work and became the go-to man for the job.
His co-workers consider him the heart of the company, and he still goes to work every day, ensuring both his co-workers and customers are well taken care of and receive some TLC.
An avid saxophone player, he started at an early age with his family in a band called “The Redd Dotts.” He continues to play at churches, local benefits, funerals and at the company holiday dinner each year.
He considers himself to be one of the luckiest men in the world, but the feeling is mutual. We’re lucky to have you, Mr. Redd. And thank you for your service.