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John Walker Ownby, Jr. obituary
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- [S106] The Mountain Press, 13 May 2013.
Gatlinburg Food C? ity manager named finalist
GATLINBURG — Arlie Watson Jr., store manager of the Gatlinburg Food City, was chosen as one of 10 finalists in Food Marketing Institute’s Store Manager of the Year Awards.
“Food City is dedicated to providing our customers with exceptional customer service and exceeding their expectations,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “Junior is passionate about serving our customers and his community. He is a tremendous asset to our company and the region as a whole.”
FMI is the largest trade association of its kind, representing the interest of its membership and offering a broad range of services to independent grocers and wholesalers. Its annual awards program recognizes supermarket store managers from throughout the United States and abroad for their “exceptional service to customers, employees and the community using innovative initiatives that contribute to company success.”
This year’s honorees were recently recognized at the industry’s Future Connect leadership conference in Orlando.
“I am honored to have been selected as a finalist,” said Watson, known to most people as Junior. “It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to work with such a tremendous group of associates in such a wonderful community.”
Watson was born and raised in Sevierville. He began his career with Food City in 1996 as a courtesy clerk and held several positions before being promoted to assistant store manager in 1998. In August 2000, Watson was promoted to store manager and served at a number of locations for the chain before assuming his current role as store manager of the Gatlinburg Food City in October 2008.
Watson is very involved with his customers and associates. Over 35 percent of his associates have received awards recognizing their service. Under his guidance and leadership, numerous associates have been promoted to management positions themselves, ranging from department managers to district supervisors.
The Gatlinburg Food City recently received the People’s Choice Awards for Best Bakery and Best Store Overall. The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce also voted Food City the Best Grocery Store in Gatlinburg. During the past year, Watson and his team have received numerous internal company awards as well, recognizing their achievements and success.
Watson is also active within the Gatlinburg community, serving as president of the Rotary Club, treasurer of the Gatlinburg-Pittman baseball team, GatlinburgPittman High School Scholarship Committee member, White Oaks Flats Cemetery Board member, coordinator for Gatlinburg’s annual Ribfest and Chili Cook-Off, coordinator of the Rotary Golf Tourney, volunteer for various Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce events including the 4th of July and Christmas parades, Pittman Center Elementary School Back Pack Program, Disabled American Veterans, Boy Scout Troop 211, Adopt A Spur Rotary trash pickup project, Alzheimer’s Walk, Pittman Center children’s Christmas party, Pi Beta Phi and Jones Cove elementary schools, and USA Flags distribution project thru the Gatlinburg Rotary Club.
He and his wife, Cindy are the parents of Daniel (16), Hailey (5) and Ben (3). They attend Richardson Cove Baptist Church, where Watson also assists with numerous projects and activities, including the Food Basket program.
- [S58] Marriage Certificate.
WATSON, ARLIE MAX OWNBY, WANDA FAYE 1972-12-23
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- [S58] Marriage Certificate.
WATSON, ARLIE MAX LAMON, CINDY KAY 1996-03-09