From the Garage: Get to Know Delbert

Jerry Layton

This month’s “From the Garage” puts our spotlight on Delbert Crenshaw, Assistant Store Manager at Dobbs Plaza 21.  Delbert has been a loyal associate, friend and smiling face with our company for nearly 27 years.  On May 2nd, Delbert retires and drives off into the beautiful sunset of retirement.  We will miss his enthusiasm, camaraderie, and devotion to providing exceptional service and care to our customers.

In this video, you will catch a glimpse of Delbert and it won’t take long to see why he’s been such an important part of the Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers Family.  We’re not sure we’ve ever seen Delbert without a smile on his face!

Q&A with Delbert Crenshaw

How many years have you worked for Dobbs and in what role did you start?
Almost 27 years.  I started as the Assistant Store Manager. It’s been a nice long ride!

Where did your love for cars begin?
In my hometown in southeast Missouri. I worked at a Standard station after high school and started learning how to do oil changes, change tires and do engine work. Great memories!

What is the biggest car myth that most people believe?
That one computer fixes all of the problems on a car. Vehicles have gotten so high tech that there’s numerous computers and it takes a lot more than it used to.

What will you miss most at Dobbs after retirement?
The people, and the camaraderie.  Friends I’ve made at the store, corporate and of course our amazing customers! 

Name one thing you would you have changed in your career?
I don’t think I would change anything, I’m very committed and content with my choices.  I’m very very happy with what I’ve done.

Drive-In or Movie Theatre?
Definitely Drive-In.  I grew up on Drive-ins and my experiences there will always be fond memories.

Did your favorite car have an 8 track, tape or CD player?
Absolutely an 8 Track, back in the 60’s.  I bet I still have a few!

What makes Dobbs special?
The people and the family atmosphere. David would do anything for you, he’s just a phone call away.  This company has so many perks.  Dobbs is truly dedicated to their associates. It’s rare these days.

What was your family car growing up?
I remember it like it was yesterday!  My parents 1955 Ford Fairlane.

Baseball, Football or Basketball?
Definitely baseball.  Hands down, I’ve been a huge Cardinal’s fan since 1964, I was 7 years old.  It’s the best sport ever.

Favorite hobby?
Baseball.  I love to watch with friends and learn more about the sport.  I’ve been to Cooperstown and I’d recommend it to anyone.  There’s so much history, it’s very moving.

Best advice you’ve ever received?
Never turn down good advice.  My Father told me to take the advice you’re given.  He was a wise man.

What things do people do regularly that damages their car without them realizing?
They neglect to do scheduled maintenance and wait until the problem gets bigger than it ever needed to be.

Most desired travel destination?
Jupiter Florida for the Cardinal’s spring training.  My wife broke her ankle so we didn’t get to go this year but we’ll get back next year.  We’ve really enjoyed it!    

What is your Dream car?
1969 Plymouth GTX.  Now that was a muscle car!

#1 emergency item to have on hand in your car?
Battery cables.  Batteries can go bad at any time.  They may be all you need to get back on the road safely.

You just won $1M. First thing you buy?
Good question.  I’d probably buy Cardinal season tickets!  Maybe I could sit next to Mr. DeWitt.  I’d tell him what I think!

What is you traffic pet peeve?
Drivers not using their turn signal. Drives me nuts!

What is your favorite color?
Cardinal red, of course.

Favorite holiday and why?
Definitely Christmas.  I have 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Having all of my family together is very special.

Offered a chance to join NASA’s next crew into space. Do you go?
No, I don’t do well in zero gravity.  I remember when man landed on the moon and it was really great but I have no desire to go into space.    I like to be grounded.

What does day 1 of retirement look like?
Fantastic & humbling, bitter sweet.  I’m looking forward to it, but I will greatly miss everyone that I’ve had the privilege to know over the last 27 years.  But the best thing that’s ever happened to me is my wife.  I wouldn’t be where I am without her, and I look forward to spending more time with her and my grand-children.