Dying Tennessee man decides to leave business to loyal employees

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WATE) – In downtown Harriman stands an old building with two quaint businesses, Precision Battery Service and Gadget Hobbies.

“My mother had a grocery store in this very building,” explained owner Terry Webb. Webb turned his mom’s store into an auto repair shop 44 years ago. His goal then and now is to provide honest service. “Our work ethic is we don’t do anything that does not need to be done unless the customer insists on it,” Webb said.

A few years ago Webb was diagnosed with cancer. He believes the end of his life could be close. With no kids, he’s decided to leave the business in the hands of the men he watched grow up.

“Whether they like it or not, I’ve adopted them,” Webb said. He says he knows they have his values.

Many of the men started working for Webb as teenagers. Today they are grandfathers.

“Terry has been a part of my life since I was 15-years-old and in that time he has given me time and made the effort to help me realize what type of person I should become,” explained Rick Harmon, who works for Terry. “Terry is a true giver. He’s given so much of his life for everyone. His love is for people.”

It’s a gift that’s bittersweet. “I don’t know how we’re going to get along without him. Someone who has been there all your life,” said mechanic Scott Byrge.

Terry wants to put a few finishing touches on the business, but otherwise he believes his work there is done. “There’s nothing sad about my story because I’m not going to accomplish anything else,” Terry explained.

He believes his legacy is in able hands.

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