Jamie Jackson, center, thanks Bobby Turner for Colony Tire’s gift of critical new equipment. Grant Jackson, who works with Jamie, is at left. Photo: C. Leinbach

By Connie Leinbach

Jimmy’s Garage offers “minor and major” repairs, and recently it got its own major repair as Colony Tire donated a new tire mounter and wheel balancer to the business.

Like many other businesses and homes on Ocracoke Island, Jimmy’s Garage, on Ocean View Road, got flooded, ruining many of Jamie Jackson’s tools and equipment.

Colony Tire, whose owner, Charlie Creighton of Edenton, but formerly of Rodanthe, also is allowing Jamie Jackson, son of Jimmy, to purchase new tools at cost.

The state-of-the-art tire changer and wheel balancer cost about $15,000, said Bobby Turner, a part-time Ocracoke Islander and a sales rep at Colony Tire in Raleigh, who brought the machines to the island.

Colony Tire also led the garage’s GoFundMe campaign with a $5,000 donation.

“They’re doing all they can to get him up and running,” Turner said as Jackson and his staff moved the equipment into the garage bay. “(Creighton) started the business (Colony Tire) in Rodanthe and he knows the plight of the whole island.”

The garage reopened Oct. 7.

In addition to Colony Tire, other businesses who chipped in to pay for the new equipment were Atlantic Tire Distributors and Mighty Auto Parts, Turner said.

Edwin Perez helps unload new, state-of-the-art tire equipment at Jimmy’s Garage. Photo: C. Leinbach
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  1. This is good news and I say thank you Colony Tire, Charlie and all who have helped Jimmy. It is always a piece of mind when you go to the island and see there is a garage if needed. Charlie I know you will be blessed in return for what you have done it is a blessing to see there are people like Charlie that are will to give so much to help others

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