Taking Care of Business: Car dealer honors 40-year employees

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, December 8, 2018

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ORIGINAL EMPLOYEES – James Wood (far left) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his dealership, and Thursday he honored two employees – Mike Jones and David Stokes – who have worked with him all 40 years. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

Dedicated employees can be hard to find these days, but James Wood found a couple in David Stokes and Mike “Pup” Jones.

Stokes and Jones celebrated their 40th anniversary with James Wood Motors Inc. this year, and Thursday they were honored at the annual employee awards reception. Jones, who is the front parts counterman, was also named Employee of the Year. Stokes is the shop foreman, and his first job at James Wood was as an automatic transmission technician.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION – In 1984, David Stokes was named one of only 1,200 GM Master Technicians in the nation. Submitted photo

Stokes said when he started, he never dreamed he’d still be with the dealership four decades later, but “it’s been wonderful.”

“It’s meant a lot,” he said, of being able to work in one place all this time. “I’ve been able to be close to my family and haven’t had to drive back and forth to Fort Worth.

“I have really enjoyed working with the Wood family.”

Jones has never worked one day outside the parts department.

“I really like the public,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed that aspect.”

He also never anticipated staying as long as he has, but said working for the Wood family has been a great experience.

“I’ve had three bosses at three different jobs, and (James Wood) has been fantastic. He’s a good man who takes care of his employees,” Jones said.

Other employees recognized for years of service include:

  • 35 years – Mike Wickersham, Bryan Stanley and Greta McDaniel
  • 30 years – Cecil LeMond
  • 15 years – Chad Huddleston, Issac Loya, David Bruce and Timmy Garcia
  • 10 years – Sam Lynch, Beau Bell, Antonio Garcia, Ronda Boyd and Roger Boswell
  • 5 years – Winford McDaniel, Clinton Bramlett, Doug Sawyer, Nathan Garrett, Freddy Valdez, Drew Ward and Nekatah Hunt
Gift Ideas

GIFT IDEAS – Mike Jones and Denelle Brewer show off gifts available at the parts department’s Pro Shop, which opened in 1992. Photo from “The Wood Way Works.” Submitted photo

Top sales people were also recognized in various categories and include:

  • GM retail – Karen Garrett
  • New Hyundai retail – Shelly Renaud
  • Pre-owned – Cathy Spurgeon
  • Internet – Karen Patterson
  • Fleet and commercial – Tim Brown


Decatur Tractor Supply wants your furry friends to get in the holiday spirit.

On Dec. 15, they’re hosting Pet Photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A local photographer will take holiday-themed photos of Santa’s Little Helpers and their owners. The first 25 customers who get a photo taken will also receive a free magnetic picture frame.

Chewy’s Hope Rescue is a partner for the event.

“Pets are as much our customers as their owners are,” said Dean Mackey, store manager. “This is one of many pet-themed events we offer throughout the year, and we enjoy having the entire family at the store.”

Decatur Tractor Supply is at 1200 S. FM 51 Suite A. If you have questions, call the store at 940-627-6167.


Last Saturday I stopped in a Fort Worth Chick-fil-A for a quick fix and ran into Decatur EDC board member Susan Cocanougher. We shared a laugh – fancy meeting you here!

We toasted our chicken sandwiches and bid each other well.

I’m sure she was just buying lunch, but was she doing undercover research? Only time will tell.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 82.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a tip for TCB, email or call 940-627-5987.

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