Men and Their Chairs

9th Annual Celebration of Local Men

There’s something special about the relationship a man has with his chair. Curiously, we wanted to see some of the chairs our local Glynn County men are attached to, and therefore, went looking for a few good men. We did a good job finding them, and not only did they have a favorite “chair,” creative as it may be, but a lot of heart as well!

PYMIC0618 Billy
Hometown:  Reidsville, GA
Career:  Pilot, Georgia State Patrol Law Enforcement and Georgia Army Guard, Aviation Branch
Married to: Maxine
Family: My son Wil and daughter-in-law Samantha. Their daughters: Lily, Emma, and Kayla. My daughter Krista. Her children: son Dylan and daughter Darryan.

My favorite motto or words to live by: THINK POSITIVE! "If you think you are beaten, you are. If you dare not, you don’t. Success begins with your own will. It’s all in your state of mind. Life’s battles are not always won by those who are stronger or faster; Sooner or later the person who wins Is the person who thinks he can! (Author unknown)

What are you passionate about? Flying and Maxine, my wife.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love? I flew Maxine in a helicopter to a landing zone on Mount Mitchell (NC) at 7,000 feet and proposed to her 21 years ago.

How has being a father inspired you? My son Wil pilots a Boeing 777 world-wide for FedEx. Krista, my daughter, is a Physical Therapist Assistant. It has been inspiring to watch them overcome many challenges to achieve their goals.

I admire people who: Know the real meaning of friendship.

My favorite thing about my career is: As an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, I see young people coming into aviation with a goal of a career in flying. It’s inspiring to see them succeed.

What’s the most beautiful/stunning thing you’ve ever seen? The mountains and Lake Chatuge as seen from Bell Mountain Park in Hiawassee, GA and, of course, Maxine!

Something I HAVE to accomplish before I die: Get my wife on the Augusta National Golf Course for a round of golf.

What you should know about the history of this chair: This is a Beechcraft King Air 200 pilot seat in the model­—and each pilot seat for me in all the aircraft I’ve flown, airplanes and helicopters, have been exciting experiences.    

If my chair could say something about me, it would be: “Thank you for the many incredible experiences we’ve shared.”

 

PYMIC0618 Michael
Hometown: Brunswick
Career: Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Family: My mother is Margaret Hulett. George, Randall, Christopher, Willetta and Anita are my siblings.

My favorite motto or words to live by:
“Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.”

What are you passionate about? Music. It’s a Gift from God with healing power and it should be shared.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love? Pretended to be some person I wasn’t—pretty crazy, huh?

How has your father influenced you?  My father’s main influence was his frugality, and more importantly, his gift of a saxophone to me.

I admire people who: Are altruistic—people who make this planet what it should be.

My favorite thing about my career/job is: Getting to make people feel something through music is cathartic. And seeing kids awed by my live performances is a real thrill.

What’s the most beautiful/stunning thing you’ve ever seen? I saw St. Elmo’s Fire on East Beach on St. Simons Island in 1986.

Something I HAVE to accomplish before I die: Travel the World.

What you should know about the history of my chair: It’s the passenger seat of my 2011 Ford Expedition XLT, and I practically live in it. This chair/seat takes me to places allowing me to do what I love most – sing and play my music. It’s VERY comfortable and is the object that holds me while I ponder life and see the country.

If my chair could say something about me, it would be: “This guy is heavy! But, seriously, Michael is a happy man who enjoys his life while weathering me down. I’m happy to give him comfort.”


PYMIC0618 Kerry

Hometown:  Brunswick   
Career:  Owner, Green’s HVAC Doctor    
Married: My beautiful wife, Tina Green    
Family:  We have a blended family: My daughter Kalyn and soon to be son-in-law Brandon; grandson Dawson.
Tina has two: son Clay and his wife Megan (with one on the way!) and youngest son Ryan.

My favorite motto or words to live by:
To always treat others the way I want to be treated.
What are you passionate about? Making people happy. From my family to my customers, I like to make others happy.

How has being a father inspired you? It has made me part of who I am— I’m all about my family and our well-being.

I admire people who: Try to better themselves.

My favorite thing about my career is: The satisfaction I get about being able to fix and enhance the quality of air and comfort for my customers.

What’s the most beautiful/stunning thing you’ve ever seen? My wife Tina is stunning. And as for beautiful, when my daughter was born and now recently, when my grandson was born; those two experiences were both amazing and beautiful things to behold.

Something I HAVE to accomplish before I die: Drive my wife absolutely insane—oops, I’m just kidding, honey!

What you should know about the history of my chair: I received this big recliner from Tina as my Father’s Day gift in 2015. It’s spacious enough for us both to sit on—and the grandson, too. We three all like piling up in my chair together.

If my chair could say something about me, it would be: “I haven’t seen you much lately. And when you finally get home and sit here, you fall asleep on me!”


PYMIC0618 Shane
Hometown: West Columbia, SC
Career: Pastor of Golden Isles Baptist Church
Married: Misty Phillips
Family: Autumn, age 16 and Nicholas, age 10

My favorite motto or words to live by: “Never miss an opportunity to show an act of mercy or kindness. You may never know the change your kindness brought into another’s life, but if you waste the opportunity neither will they!”

What are you passionate about? My Faith in Christ, and loving people who are hurting.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love? To impress my high school sweetheart (now my wife) during our school prom, the dance floor was too crowded, so I proceeded to “break dance” (if your age permits you to know of such strange customs) until everyone cleared the center … at which point I stood up and took my sweetie by the hand and walked her to the center the room where my princess belonged! And yes, fellow Baptists … we danced the night away.

How has your father influenced you? Being a father gives you a profound respect for your own father.  Yes, you might have thought he was a little too strict, or too narrow-minded to understand what was happening in your life, but the truth is he was probably a lot wiser than you gave him credit for.  No one gets an instruction manual when those little crumb snatchers are born, so we are often just doing our best. What young people claim is invading their privacy (I didn’t know I was entitled to privacy when I came up) is more often than not a parent showing they truly care. It’s not as much about being in someone’s “business” as it is your parents see so much of themselves in you and want you to learn from their mistakes. So next time, forget the attitude and try saying “thanks,” because if you like shocking your parents, that will definitely leave them speechless.

I admire people who: Realize the worth and potential of others even when others can’t or refuse to see it. To help heal and grow is one of the greatest honors a person will ever know.
My favorite thing about my career is: Encouraging people in their faith and watching them grow and help others.

What’s the most beautiful/stunning thing you’ve ever seen? As simple as it may sound, I had the privilege of watching a young bird take its first flight. It was absolutely breath taking to see this creature that had never been out of its nest take a “leap of faith” and find itself soaring above the trees.  It was amazing how this little bird was able to do what, to the human mind, may seem impossible. We could learn a lot from watching the beauty God has made.

Something I HAVE to accomplish before I die: Finish writing a book that has been growing in my heart for years.

What you should know about the history of my chair: My chair was entrusted to me. It does not exist for my own pleasure but provides a place for me to prepare for the service of others. It may not look like much to some, but like most things in life, looks are often deceiving.  Whoever sits in this chair bears a burden and a calling—For Christ to increase and themselves to decrease.

If my chair could say something about me, it would be: “I‘ve held you up long enough, get up and get going. One can remain seated only so long. Eventually, you have to put action to your planning. Use me to prepare, learn, and reflect, then get off your duff and make a difference in this world!“


PYMIC0618 Mathew
Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska    
Family: Large extended family
Career: Economic Development. Executive Director, Brunswick Downtown Development Authority   

My favorite motto or words to live by: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt
What are you passionate about? History.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love? For the Love of Food: One time I had to buy a suitcase to bring rhubarb back from Minnesota—it’s a Midwestern thing.

How has your father influenced you? Dad was always able to fix things. Watching him make a repair taught us that understanding how something works is the first step in fixing it. He could always explain how something worked, or show us how to find out if he didn’t know. His fascination with mechanics and technnology and their evolution led me to enjoy reading about technology advances and that led to a love of history.

I admire people who: Can play anything on the piano without music.

My favorite thing about my career is: Working with people who are fulfilling their dream of having their own business. Plus, I get to work in an historic building (Brunswick’s Old City Hall) with a great view.

What’s the most beautiful/stunning thing you’ve ever seen? Ice advancing off a lake like waves hitting the beach.

Something I HAVE to accomplish before I die: Visit my distant cousins in Germany.

What you should know about the history of my chair: Since the premier of our outdoor concert series “Rhythm on the River” in 2009, the chair I thought I’d never use has served me well. We are over 50 concerts now and it is still going strong.

If my chair could say something about me, it would be: “Where’s the bug spray? As a mid-westerner, Mathew attracts no-see-ums like mad.” Maybe it’s the bug spray that has preserved my chair?

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