Opp business burns; community helps owners reopen doors

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 16, 2012

When Wayne and Joann Jackson lost their business to fire earlier this month, the Opp community stepped up and helped them get back on their feet.

Their business, J&J Auction, has been open for the last 10 years, and has drawn auction faithfuls each Friday and Saturday night.

“All the friends we have made over the 10 years we have been open have become our auction family,” Joann said. “If one experiences sadness or happiness, we all do. It’s amazing how we all care about each other. So, when we lost the auction barn, our auction family came up to bat for us.”

Their barn burned on Mon., Nov. 5 and they were back in business by Fri., Nov. 9.

Jackson said that after the fire, the family “did not want to take another step forward,” but it was that auction family who encouraged them to continue.

Local veterinarian and owner of Doc’s Country Store, Dr. Steve Boothe, stepped in and allowed the Jacksons to use the T.J.’s Flea Market barn, and JR’s Lawnmower Shop owner and WAMI radio personality Joe Richburg helped get the word out that they wouldn’t miss a weekend of business.

“To all the ones that gave and all the thoughts and prayers or (those) who came by to visit with us, words can never be said to tell you how much it was appreciated,” she said. “We love each and every one of you.”

The auction is open every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.