Men and Their Chairs 2021

12th Annual Celebration of Local Men

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June 2021 Issue
Photography by Mike Force Photography and Nancy J. Reynolds

There’s just something about a man and his chair. If a man’s home is his castle, then the king must have his throne, right? From Archie Bunker’s iconic recliner to Sheldon Cooper’s carefully positioned “spot,” pop culture is filled with men and their chairs. Here at Paisley, we usually focus on the women of our community, but each June we give the guys their time in the spotlight. Some of these gentlemen seem to be always on the move, never taking a moment to sit down, but our photographers managed to capture them with their favorite resting spots. They graciously answered our questions and opened up about themselves. We proudly present a few of Coastal Georgia’s Men and their Chairs:

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Marc

Hometown:  St. Simons Island, Georgia. Repping the 912!
Career:  Music Store owner, music teacher, pedal steel player and musician at large (anything with strings)
Single.
Family: Father Bob R. Andress, Mom Juile Zavala (deceased), Lizzy Andress (Daughter)

My favorite motto or words to live by:
“Once in awhile ya get shown the light in the strangest of places if ya look at it right!” —Robert Hunter.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t take life too seriously, and drink lots of water. (I don’t drink nearly enough)

Life is good because…
Family, friends, weekends, music and the ocean.

Something about yourself that people find surprising?
It’s all surprises!

What has been your greatest adventure?
It’s all an adventure! I make every day an adventure—I really do!

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?
Birth

The No. 1 thing on my Bucket List is?
Life has been so busy, I am just In the process of making one! Look out world here I come!

Tell us about your chair:
One of my favorite “chairs” is my paddleboard, even though I don’t do much sitting on it. I mean, technically, it’s not a chair. I mostly use it for lots of paddling and surfing, but when I’m sitting on it, the view can’t be beat! Sunshine, dolphins, manta rays and sharks. It’s pretty neato out there at Gould’s Inlet! Lots to be experienced! I also love my work chair. It’s mahogany with green (my favorite color) felt, and it has been with me for about 10 years now. I found it at Goodwill when I was in the process of opening Saint Simons Music. A chair without arms is a must for teaching guitar or ukulele, and this one is perfect! On occasion, I will take it with me to gigs if I am playing pedal steel; it’s the perfect height and it looks great on stage!

If your chair could say something about you, it would say:
Take a vacation already! You work way too much!

If you could tell the world anything, what would you say?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff! And lastly, in the words of Ringo Starr, “Peace and love, Peace and Love!”


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Randall
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA   
Career: Military/Law Enforcement
Single.   
Children:
Phillip and Leah Lacey

My favorite motto or words to live by:
Hey Boy!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Never allow anyone to tell you how to treat someone, judge them for yourself

Life is good because…
of Community Church of SSI and Brunswick

Something about yourself that people find surprising is...
I have lived in depression for the past 39 years.

What has been your greatest adventure?
Hunting

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?
The Grand Canyon

The No. 1 thing on my Bucket List is? To mule deer hunt

Tell us about your chair:
I received a telephone call from Sheriff Neal Jump wanting me to start up the CHAMPS program—Choosing Healthy Activities Methods Promoting Safety. CHAMPS is the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Program that provides training for 5th grade students. There are 23 lessons covering topics from alcohol to water safety.

If your chair could say something about you, it would say:
Children are everything!

If you could tell the world anything, what would you say?
Believe what a person shows you, not what they tell you.


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Mike
Hometown: St. Simons Island   
Career: Health System C.E.O.   
Married to: Kathy Scherneck   
Children: Brian, a resident of St. Simons; Mike, a resident of Bluffton, SC; and, Nichole, who resides in Wilmington, DE, with her husband, Tim Bishop and our grandchildren, Isabel (16) and Elliot (14)

My favorite motto or words to live by:
The traditional “Do unto others…”  I have found that treating people from all walks of life the same way, and with the same level of respect, you would like to be treated, adds to your own sense of well-being.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
It may sound unusual, but as a teenager, I was told by a manager at the Benner Theater that “none of us are irreplaceable.”  That saying, which in a way is quite humbling, has motivated me to be as impactful as possible in all that I do.

Life is good because… There are so many reasons, but we are so fortunate to live in the country and community that we do. The people in the Golden Isles, many of whom come from so many other places, are good-hearted and offer all of us to conclude that “Life is Good!”

Something about yourself that people find surprising? I earned my private pilot’s license, am instrument rated, and all too long ago, I had my own plane, a Piper Cherokee Six.

What has been your greatest adventure? Serving in my current role as President and C.E.O. of Southeast Georgia Health System was an unexpected opportunity that turned into my most challenging and rewarding “adventure.”  Hurricanes, COVID-19, and a major facility project shoe-horned into a five- or six- year span has made this quite an adventure!

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? I have been blessed to have witnessed so many wonderful and amazing people, places and things. Sometimes what may seem to others as one of the smallest things can offer a sense of amazement. The nature around us every day offers a chance to be amazed. Think of your reaction when you stop to enjoy a sunset, or an eagle flying overhead.

The No. 1 thing on my Bucket List is? With COVID-19, my bucket list is looking for some “re-runs.”  Time with family and friends, travel to some of our favorite places and a return to what I can only vaguely recall as normalcy!

Tell us about your chair: I have been in this seat since August 2015. In it, I have been faced with a number of challenges, yet it has offered me a sense of accomplishment and personal and professional reward.

If your chair could say something about you, it would say: As CEO, I have embraced this opportunity as a calling to oversee our team of friends and family taking care of their friends and family throughout the communities we serve.

If you could tell the world anything, what would you say? Get your COVID vaccine!  Or in other words, “Be respectful of one another.”  You and those you deal with will be better off.


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Roderick
Hometown: Miami, FL    
Career: Painter, Muralist and Tattoo Artist  
Family: Mother, Cynthia Davis, father, Richard Davis and siblings Regina Davis and Richard Davis, Jr.

My favorite motto or words to live by: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” —Philippians 4:13 NKJV

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Proper preparation prevents piss poor performance.”

Life is good because… I have a job doing what I love,  a family who supports me and a girlfriend who supports me.

Something about yourself that people find surprising? I’m a self-taught painter; I’ve never been to an art class whatsoever.

What has been your greatest adventure? Becoming a full-time artist!  

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? Snow. Where I’m from it doesn’t snow.

The No. 1 thing on my Bucket List is...to travel to New York City.

Tell us about your chair: It’s the tattoo chair. At first it was only a hobby chair, but now my chair is my lifestyle.

If your chair could say something about you, it would say: It would say I love what I do, and I’m passionate about changing lives through my artwork and tattoos. It would also say that I’m dedicated to making a positive impact in the world around me.

If you could tell the world anything, what would you say... believe in yourself, and let your heart guide you because it knows you best.


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Gerry
Hometown:  Born in Richland, GA; Grew up in Atlanta, been in Golden Isles 20 years    
Career:  Activity director, previous consulting, seminars and training. He has a degree in therapeutic recreation.
Family: Daughters Ansleigh and Susannah

My favorite motto or words to live by: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is praiseworthy—think about these things.”—Philippians 4:8

Something about yourself that people find surprising? Being a widower, I taught myself to take care of my little girls, including learning to do hair and tie sashes.

What has been your greatest adventure? A chance to travel, or learning to fix things that need it. (Thanks YouTube!)

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? Tie—being there to deliver my children and a close second: Mt Denali, Alaska. It is breathtaking!

The No. 1 thing on my Bucket List is? Going to Scotland and Ireland

Tell us about your chair:
Second hand to me, I painted it, and it sits on my front porch where I see neighbors, read and do word puzzles on my Kindle.

If you could tell the world anything, what would you say?
It costs nothing to be kind.

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