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Elizabethton civic leader Bob ...
Elizabethton civic leader Bob Cable retiring
Bob Cable, owner of LedfordÂ's Upholstery in Elizabethton, announced his retirement. (John Thompson/Johnson City Press)
ELIZABETHTON - "It is time.
I am 75.
I feel it sometimes," Bob Cable
said this past week in announcing he
will be retiring.
Cable plans to spend more time with his
wife, Brenda, and enjoy the fruits of his
many years of labor.
Those fruits include bananas he
grows in his
Cable has been the owner and operator of Ledford's Upholstery, 525 E. Elk Ave. in downtown Elizabethton, for the past 23 years.
business has been very successful and he
has turned away work worth thousands of dollars after he
decision to retire.
"We have about a 99.9 percent satisfaction rate," Cable
"We have an awful lot of repeat business, and in this work, repeat business is a sign the customer likes what you have done."
"People have been good to me," Cable
"I have made a lot of good friends.
I appreciate all the kindness I have received."
has been a successful businessman, he
is better known for his
many civic activities.
One of his
biggest accomplishments was to bring back the Fourth of July Parade after an absence of nearly 40 years.
is proud the parade drew the largest single-day gathering in the history of downtown.
It was a crowd estimated by an East Tennessee State University
professor at 23,000 to 25,000.
For several years the parade route was marked by red, white and blue lines down East Elk.
also organized a welcome home celebration for the 776th Maintenance Company
when the National Guard
unit returned home from Desert Storm.
Yellow ribbons were tied to every utility pole on the route and the streets were filled with happy citizens.
bought 2,000 small American flags with his
own money and had them distributed to the crowd.
A large flagpole was erected at that time at the western entrance to downtown.
has taken on the responsibility of maintaining the giant flag that flies from the pole and, assisted by the Elizabethton Fire Department
, has the flag replaced when it becomes worn and dirty.
Funds for the flags come from veterans.
In another patriotic effort, Cable served on the Veterans War Memorial Committee and the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.
is still a member of the board of directors of the Elizabethton-Carter County Foundation
, which provides funds for worthy nonprofit organizations in the county.
also loves Christmas, and was instrumental in erecting the new "Merry Christmas" sign on top of Lynn Mountain that can be seen throughout downtown Elizabethton.
In keeping with his
love of Christmas, Cable
led the annual Downtown Christmas Parade for several years.
also led the lighting of the 78-foot-tall Fraser fir.
During this time, he
selected people who had a connection with the tree and the Folsom house to turn on the Christmas tree lights.
also is known for his
philanthropy, collecting spare change from customers throughout the year to donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
has made donations to many others in the area who were victims of disasters.
"There will always be a place in my heart for Bob," Mayor Curt Alexander said.
had also been in the trucking business, the two had something in common and became such good friends they went to every University of Tennessee football game in 1998, the year the team won the national championship.
"I had the best time of my life when we went together to Las Vegas and Arizona for the national championship.
always does everything first class."
Both Alexander and Cable
commented on Cable's civic efforts always becoming big productions.
will enjoy his
Elizabethton civic leader Bob Cable retiring
On the eve of the paper ...
On the eve of the paper drive, Lewis publicly thanked Bob Cable, owner of Ledford's Upholstery, and craftsman Jim Owens for the upholstering work they did on the hearse and a special cover they designed for the calliope, which sticks out the roof of the vehicle.
Ensor said Cable
performed the work and supplied the materials at no charge.
said it was not the first time Cable has helped the lodge.
had previously upholstered the chairs at no cost.
continued to show his
support on Thursday by being the first to buy this year's Shriners' newspaper.
That citizen was Bob Cable, ...
That citizen was Bob Cable, owner of Ledford's Upholstery.
Cable stepped down from many of his volunteer roles last year after the city denied his request to keep red, white and blue lines painted on East Elk Avenue.
once again ordered a new flag after the broken rope incident.
I thought right away it was ...
I thought right away it was the windows," Bob Cable, owner of Ledford's Furniture and Upholstery, said.Cable
later saw the security videotape of the vandalism.
just came up here with a hammer and nonchalantly lifted it up and hit the window with it, just as calm as he
could be ...That somebody is a very sick individual," Cable
said."They have to be sick."Cable
received an estimate of $1,483 to replace two damaged windows at his
"That is good news, since I have a $1,500 deductible on my insurance," Cable
ELIZABETHTON — After 25 years of ...
ELIZABETHTON — After 25 years of volunteer civic service that included restarting the Fourth of July Parade in downtown Elizabethton and maintaining the giant flag that stands at the western entrance to downtown, Bob Cable has announced he is retiring.
"It is just time.For personal and private reasons it is just time," Cable
said of his
"I don't get pleasure out of this, but it is just time," he
said as tears came to his
, 72, would not go into specific detail on why he
chose to step down at this time, he
plans on spending more time with his
wife, including taking a 13-day cruise of the Mediterranean.
contended since East Elk was a city street and not a state highway, the lines could remain in their patriotic colors.
Those colors were allowed to remain until after this year's parade.They were changed to all white this week.Cable
involvement in the community began with the Covered Bridge Festival many years ago.The event is sponsored by the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce
and as a member, he
sold T-shirts, cotton candy and other items.He
said those events were good ones, with professional entertainment such as Dave Friday, Marlow Tackett and The Collegians each night drawing large crowds.
A few years later, Cable
became involved in the care and maintenance of the giant American flag that was erected to honor the Elizabethton soldiers who served in Desert Storm.
After the flag had been up a while, Cable
said J.I. Cornett, Carter County Veterans Council president, came to Cable's upholstery shop and asked if he
could make repairs to the flag.Cable
agreed and soon took over responsibilities of not only making repairs, but also erecting new ones when the flags became unserviceable.
"It takes 8,500 stitches from one end of the flag to the other," Cable
experience also led him to acquire his
own personal giant flag which he
provides for patriotic occasions.His Chamber involvement also led him to become a leader in the annual Christmas Parade and lighting of the giant Fraser fir that serves as the community Christmas tree.He
expanded the ceremony to more than just a dignitary throwing the switch to light the tree.More people became involved, including high school choirs, the Overmountain Men re-enactors and more patriotism, with the display of his
giant American flag. His work at Christmas also expanded to include supervision of the downtown Christmas lights.
"Every morning I got up at 5 a.m. and checked every bulb, making notes of those that are burned out and those that have been vandalized, the vandals seem to like to destroy the Peace on Earth display," Cable
As if that wasn't enough to do at Christmas
also became involved with Elizabethton Electric System employees to replace the weather worn Christmas lights on top of Lynn Mountain.
"That was the best thing I ever did," Cable
said of the new lights and the three Christian crosses on top of the mountain.Cable
also brought back the Fourth of July parade to downtown after it had died out in the 1970s.
This project has taken much of Cable's time and effort over the past three years.
"There is not a day that went by that I didn't do something on the parade.I kept a tape recorder and, as I thought of things, I would record them," Cable
"I started working on the Fourth of July parades to the Fifth of July of the year before," Cable
said."You have to do it that way because everything gets spoken for early on."He
was proud that he
got National Guard helicopters to fly over the parade route each of the three years he
has organized it and said it is unusual to get such consistent support.
"I am through with all of this," Cable
has unselfishly given so much of his time to the parades and the Christmas
tree and the lights on Lynn Mountain and the flag.