Rector Christmas Parade Thursday, Roofe Named G.M.
Lifelong Rector resident Shayne Roofe has been chosen as this year's grand marshal of the annual Christmas Parade set for 6 p.m. Thursday.
Roofe said it's an honor to have been asked to be in the parade. "I always watch it, but I've never actually been in the parade," Roofe said.
Roofe's parents are Clyde and Skeet Roofe. He has been married to Mayor Teresa Roofe for 35 years and has a son, Alex Roofe, and stepson, David Hendrix. Alex is married to the former Rachel Gipson and the couple lives in Monticello. Hendrix and his wife Cobi have two children, Sawyer and John Ford.
Roofe graduated from RHS in 1971 and was a proud Blackcat. He played on the Blackcat basketball and baseball teams. After graduation Roofe went into farming, but his career path took an unexpected turn when he began helping his friend Jerry Davenport part-time at Harps. For awhile he farmed and worked at Harps, but "I enjoyed it so much I began becoming more and more involved; I left farming in 1987."
He took over as manager in 1990. Altogether, Roofe spent 30 years with Harps before retiring this past August.
Roofe said he enjoyed Harps because he got to know so many of the community members and Harps gave him the opportunity to give back by holding their annual golf tournament in Springdale each year. "The money went directly back into the community," Roofe said. "Harps is a very good company to work for."
Since his retirement, Roofe has been helping local farmers driving a tractor and getting back to his roots. He also has been enjoying some relaxation time and watching his grandchildren play basketball and being more available for all of their activities. He added the best part of his retirement is getting to spend quality time with his family and "not having to get up at 4:45 a.m. every morning."
He will be enjoying the holidays this year especially. "As manager I worked pretty much all the time -- even on holidays you have to go in and check on the coolers and such," Roofe said.
He said he misses his employees, but he still shops there and gets to see them regularly.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the corner of Third Street and Main, flowing through the city to the Community Center, where the reception will be waiting.
The parade will include floats from local organizations and businesses, including Rector Downtown Central (which has enlisted the help of RHS art teacher Joel Boyd and his students), automobiles of all sorts, the Rector Girl Scouts, the RHS band, the peewee cheerleaders and several Labor Day pageant winners.
A $100 prize will be given to the best parade entry and a $25 prize for the best ornament. Ornaments were decorated by local businesses prior to the parade. The event and prizes are sponsored by the Rector Area Chamber of Commerce.
The reception held at the Community Center will include Santa Claus, to hear all children's Christmas wishes and for parents to take pictures of their children with Santa. The Rector Schools bands and choirs will be performing a special Christmas concert.
Donations of cookies "homemade or store bought" can be dropped off at the Community Center all day Thursday, event organizer Christina Boyd said.