With a fresh new coat of paint, some foyer renovations and the addition of a element provider, James Taylor’s store is accepting shoppers once more.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s been a month due to the fact the tragic death of a beloved Arlington business enterprise proprietor, but with a fresh coat of paint, some foyer renovations and the addition of a detail support, JT’s Tire Store commenced accepting buyers once again this week.
“We were right here each working day. My sister, my son, we were identified to get it up and managing by [Jun. 1],” Lateshia Taylor, James Taylor’s sister said. “You know, we ended up nonetheless grieving my brother during that time. So, it was tough.”
Lateshia and her spouse and children are supporting run her brother’s made use of tire business enterprise off of Arlington Street, following James Sr. was tragically shot and killed on the corner May perhaps 3, by his son James Taylor Jr., in accordance to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace.
The relatives explained James Jr. was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia following serving with the Airforce. They consider he had an episode.
“[Taylor Senior] taught me everything I know, he’s the cause I’m even now up listed here to this working day executing what I really like,” Terrence Robinson, James Sr.’s nephew spelled out.
Robinson worked together with his uncle at JT’s Tire Store for extra than a decade. For the duration of the renovations, the family members made a decision to retain James Sr.’s walker chair in the foyer and have also hung up a picture of him on the front doorway.
“So, every day I get up below, I get to glimpse at the photo,” Robinson mentioned. “It is like his title will constantly be alive. As long as I’m up listed here, as extended as we’re up below.”
A household torn apart, is now coming with each other to do what James Senior loved – all to hold this legacy going.
“My brother was a very distinctive man or woman to us all, not only to the local community of Arlington,” Latesha described. “It’s bittersweet, but it feels superior to be up in this article. I know he’s smiling down on us, he would be content to see what we’ve carried out and how we are progressing.”
The family is still accepting utilized tire donations to help get them started out. There will also be a grand opening function for customers at JT’s Tire Shop on Saturday, Jun. 5, from midday to 5 p.m.