Auto Repair and Tire Service in Slidell, LA
As a young child, Gene Williams dreamed of owning his own business. At nine years old, he started selling newspapers. While on his paper route, he met Ralph Orr who owned Orr Tire in Slidell. At age 12, Gene started working for Mr. Orr and continued to work for him through high school and college. At 19, Gene went into the U.S. Navy for 4 years. Upon getting out of the Navy, he came home to Slidell. Mr. Orr helped Gene open Williams Tire in a rented building on Front Street.
In order to get business, Gene would stand in the street waiving and telling people, "Let me check your tires." No tire was too large or too small from him to fix.
After being on Front Street for 4 years, Gene was told he would have to move in three months. He found a piece of property with an old, dilapidated house on Shortcut Road. He would work out of that house for four more years until he could afford to build the correct building.
Gene built a successful business based on honesty, integrity and hard work. He rarely missed a day of work due to illness. His faith in God, desire to do right, and strong work ethic earned the trust and loyalty of his customers and community. This is the foundation that made Williams Tire the thriving business that it is today. He passed on these values to his sons, Michael and Steven, who worked for him throughout their high school years every Saturday and through those summers. After 44 years, Gene came down with an illness that forced him to take some time off. He and Michele brought in a partner, Billy Doyle. Billy sold tires to Gene for 25 years and over time have become very close friends, you could say Gene mentored Billy. Billy is running the shop with the same honesty, integrity and core family values that Gene founded the company with. Williams Tire will continue to provide "Excellent Service at a Fair Price" for the entire Slidell community and the surrounding area.
Williams Tire & Auto Service LLC