Kent became a member of the Brads Electric family in 1985, at that time it was just the two of us. The first few years were tough, getting to know one another and figuring out how to work together without killing each other. It took some time and patience. When we began to grow a bit and hire some help, that was a new adventure. I lost count of how many helpers he ran off, if they stayed around long enough though, they would eventually earn his respect and turn out to be good reliable people.
If you knew him, you knew how stubborn he could be. He had his way of doing things which meant driving around in his rolling junk yard, but he knew where every piece or tool was. Kent came to my rescue more times than I can count, day or night. He not only did this for me but for others throughout Columbia, West Columbia, and Lexington. Because of this, he created a reputation of being the most reliable and dependable guy that comes when no one else will.
Kent had the biggest heart for senior citizens, specifically widows, I don’t know the official number, but he kept up with a lot of them. He would do all kinds of odd jobs for them and never charged them a dime. As grumpy as he seemed to be most days, he somehow always proved to us that he had a heart of gold.
If you work with someone for as long as Kent and I did, you grow to know them so well you can communicate without really talking much. It’s kind of like being married for a long time. I like to use some of his old tools, and it makes me feel like he’s still right beside me. He was my friend and I loved him like a brother. I feel blessed that I was a part of his life, and he was a major part of mine.
We lost a great one and he will be missed by all.
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