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George Thacker
George Thacker 2010

Spring City Chamber Officers 1991-92 L to R: Gene Elsea, Ellen Stephens, George Thacker, Jinny Gambrell,  and Rob Bennett
Spring City Chamber Officers 1991-92
L to R: Gene Elsea, Ellen Stephens,
George Thacker, Jinny Gambrell,
and Rob Bennett


Playground Equipment Donated by George Thacker
Playground Equipment Donated
by George Thacker 1990


Castrol Express Lube Donates to Strawberry FestivalCastrol Express Lube Donates
to Strawberry Festival 1999


His Story
George Thacker’s story is one we can all be proud of. His life story is a testament to his ability to push through adversity and attain prosperity.

Thacker’s childhood was all but perfect. At the age of 12 George’s mother left and he entered state care where he suffered abuse. His traumatic childhood was one that would have stopped most. But George persevered.

George Thacker gives check to RCHS Athletics Dept.
George Thacker gives check to
RCHS Athletics Department 2002


George Thacker Performs for children at Farm City Day 1998
George Thacker performs for children
at Farm City Day 1998


Thacker's Body Shop opens 1989
Thacker’s Body Shop opens 1989


Ground-breaking for New Dayton Express Lube 1994
Ground-breaking for new
Dayton Express Lube 1994
 
While in high school George learned to play multiple instruments. One of those was a harmonica he got though a Toys-4-Tots like program while in foster care. Music opened many doors for George. George has played multiple times at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

“The hardships I endured have put me in the position of either just giving up or overcoming them. Giving up is never really an option.” — George Thacker

Giving back to Rhea County
Through the years George has found many opportunities to give back to Rhea County. In 2009, he was one of many local artists on a CD to raise money for Toy-4-Tots; sold through The Herald News. He also often plays his harmonica for the seniors at the Senior Lighthouse Center. And headed a project to buy the Senior Lighthouse Center a new bus. George has sponsored for Rhea County Athletics for many years. He has been President of the Spring City Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce.

Rhea County Businesses

Over 20 years ago, George opened his first business, Thacker's Body Shop on Highway 27. Next he opened his first fast lube business. He lived in a single-wide trailer for five years while he put all his money into his business. His sacrifice and hard work paid off. At one time George owned 8 express lubes becoming the Tennessee's largest reseller of Castrol Oil. He now owns 3 Express Lubes in Dayton and Crossville. George's most recent business is the Howard Johnson’s Hotel in Spring City.

“I've also learned through my experiences never to do anything half way. If I always put everything I have into each project, I know it will succeed.” — George Thacker


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George Thacker for Rhea County Executive