By writer to dailyjournalonline.com
In case you ever have the chance to fulfill Harold Weems, you don’t overlook it. The tall, lanky 69-year-old is a ball of power who offers off an aura of pleasure and positivity. That’s in all probability why it’s so onerous to imagine that he has been challenged with ailing well being for the previous 25 years.
Initially from Bonne Terre, Harold and his spouse moved to Farmington in 1972. The Weems household used to personal the Western Auto in Bonne Terre, however the retailer closed in 1993. Up till then, Harold commuted backwards and forwards between Farmington and Bonne Terre.
“I did that as a result of my spouse’s a beautician right here in Farmington, so it was simpler for me to drive than it was for her,” he stated, grinning.
Harold talked concerning the sturdy bond he had together with his mother and father — his father, Mel, and mom, Glossie, earlier than mentioning his 4 brothers.
“I’ve two older brothers and a youthful brother, Jerry, who’s an insurance coverage agent in Farmington,” he stated.
He speaks with nice love and affection for his spouse, Carrie; the couple’s two daughters, Andrea and Erica; his two sons-in-law, Josh Steele and Curt Pyatt; and his 4 grandchildren — Jacob and Alivia Steele and Harley and Laney Pyatt.
There’s little question that Harold is household man who was all the time prepared to work onerous to make a dwelling — till his life all of the sudden turned upside-down. After closing the Western Auto, Harold went to work at Iron Mountain Forge for a couple of years after which Albert Cleve at Botkin Lumber advised him he wanted somebody to run the plant for him.