Second Chance Auto Repair

By | July 5, 2018 2:38 pm

Russell Wickham

By Hansel Moore – contributor

The story of Russell Wickham began shortly after graduating from high school, in North Carolina.

“The military has a lot of opportunity, but it is hard,” said Wickham. “Days are long, challenging, and begin early in the morning, but I would recommend that if someone is going to do it, do it while they are young because it is hard on a family.

“I loved the structure. I knew I was going to be deployed and had to do PT every day. I had to be ready. I miss the camaraderie…had a team of guys to work with and strived to become the best. I took the rejects that nobody else wanted and made a cohesive team out of them. I turned them into good soldiers.”

As an infantry soldier with A Co 2/54 ITB, Wickham did get his orders for overseas deployment. While serving in Afghanistan, the reality of his mission was amplified as the truck he was riding in passed over an 80-pound IED (Improvised Explosive Device) that forever changed his life’s path. His sacrifice is discreetly honored on his Tennessee license plates as a Purple Heart recipient.

These days, Russell Wickham wears a different type of uniform as the head mechanic (GM world class technician) and manager of Second Chance Auto Repair, in Spencer.

“We have the equipment and ability for AC repair and tires but also have the experience and knowledge to fix just about anything with wheels,” he said. “This includes automobiles, recreation vehicle, and large trucks. The advantages people can get here is that they can get vehicles repaired, buy a ASE Certified mechanic right here on the mountain, and don’t have to travel two neighboring counties. We provide quality work at an affordable price.”

Wickham is open about his philosophy of doing business and shared a sign hanging in his shop that greets visitors. “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men.” Colossians 3:23. The subtext includes: “To this end we shall do honest work at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always honest work.”

If you find yourself in need of auto repair, consider giving “Second Chance” a first chance to make an impression. Second Chance Auto is conveniently located at 12374 State Route 111 Spencer, Tennessee 38585 or call (931) 946-7515.

If you are a Van Buren County business that would like an opportunity to be featured in the Van Buren Eagle, please contact Kim Swindell Wood, editor, at (931) 836-3284.

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