End of an era for local business

Hanging up their chains for the last time. That is what the crew did at Harper’s Wrecker Service. On Tuesday, Jan. 13, after 35 years of service in the Towing and Recovery industry, The Harper’s, Lynn and Doris, have decided to retire.

With a huge thanks to their financial adviser, this actually came two years earlier than planned. But don’t worry. They are still in business with the rental property and are also about to start up a new venture so make sure to be watching for that within the coming months.

The history behind Harper’s Wrecker Service is a unique story revolved around family. Lynn Harper’s father, Jerry Harper, is the man behind the original creation of Harper’s Wrecker Service.

Jerry’s was inspired to open a wrecker service to the public after working within his very own car sales lot. This lot actually stood in the very same place where John Hicks’ State Farm office is currently located on North Lindell Street in Martin. After loading and unloading so many cars for his lot, Jerry decided it was time to start Harper’s Wrecker Service in 1986.

Throughout the years, Harper’s Wrecker Service has received many awards for their accomplishments and quality of service, such as the Weakley County Business of the Year award and Weakley County Press’s Best of the Best pick for multiple years in a row.

Jerry continued to strive to grow Harper’s Wrecker Service by purchasing Harper’s Trailer Park between 1988-1989.

After Jerry Harper’s passing, the family business was left to his wife and son, who continued the business.

Lynn has continued to work within Harper’s Wrecker Service; Loading and unloading cars since he was 14 years old.

In a statement, Lynn said that he will miss all the customers, along with the challenges that he has faced over all of his years in the industry. He wanted to thank everyone, customers and friends, for all of their support and business. Lynn also added that this will be the first time in his adult life that he will be able to have a quote-unquote “normal life.”

Randy Lindsey, whom of has been in charge of the flatbed division for eight years, has recently taken on the maintenance at the rental property: “This new chapter is going to be fun, and I’m not going anywhere,” said Lindsey.

Doris Harper, Lynn’s mother, added, “We have actually been in business with towing longer than 35 years, but 1986 was the first year that we decided to do public towing. Back when we all set this up, we never dreamed it would take off like it did and for that we want to say “thank you” to everyone for over 35 Years of business.”

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Ernie Hathcoat on January 20, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Very Proud of Doris and Lynn happy wrecker retirement best of luck for the future

  2. Beverly Bastyr on January 20, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you both for always helping Layla and myself out when we needed towing. We have known each other a long time. Congratulations to both of you! Stay coronavirus free and enjoy your retirement! God bless you both. Sincerely, Beverly

  3. Kay Holdeman on January 26, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Congratulations! Enjoy your mini retirement. I can’t think of 2 people that deserve it more. You all have worked so hard for so long. Prop those feet up or better yet take a vacation to the beach!

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