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Where Are They Now?: Darlow Rexroat
By Ed Waggener
It's a long way from Hughes Street in Columbia to Winter Haven,Florida--about 35 yearsand 770 miles--but that's where Darlow Rexroat is now.
The years have been kind to him. Except for thegray hair, he looks almost like he did when he walked the halls of Adair County High. Still trim. Still neatly dressed. Still "cool"in his sunshades, standing beside his latest work of art. Now, very successful.
Then, he stood out for the really close relationship he had with his parents, Ed and Vivian Rexroat. He was especially close to his father. The two were enough alike to seem more like twin brothers thanfather and son. They were respected as perfectionists when it came to welding and metal work.
Today, that drive to perfection has paid off in many ways, most notably in his business careeer: He's the owner of his own successful pipeline construction company, Pipeline Maintenance & Services, Inc., orPMS., Inc,, for short. He's owned the company since 1989. PMS, Inc., has had a yearly contract with Central Florida Gas Company for 15 years, and that has provided a very steady base for the business.And, among friends and business associates, he's now known as "Rex."
He's been married to Susan, who's from Jacksonville, Florida, for 28 years. They have two boys, 22 and 24, and a granddaughter, Jaelyn, born February 23 of this year.
"I've mostly been relegated to office help [at PMS],"he jokes. "My oldest son, Elyn Rexroat, pretty much runs things now and I get to help in the office and go out and bid on jobs. The nice thing is, the office is real close to the show where the hot rods are."
Deon Rexroat, Darlow's younger son, has recently come off a 30 day tour with his band, Anberlin. "They left April 2nd, startedtheir tour in Fairfield, Virginia, then South Carolina, Texas, N. Dakota, Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and finished up in Kentucky," Darlow said. "Their CD was released on the Tooth and Naillabel on May 9th." The band's website is at http://www.anberlin.com.
And Darlow's having success with his avocation, customizing really nifty cars. "I spend a lot of my time now building street rods and drag cars and going to shows," he says. Most recently, he attended the NHRA HOT Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green," which took place June 17-23.
"We had a great time. We set an all time attendance record for Beech Bend," he said. "We had 39,000-plus. And we fattened the economy by $5,000,000-plus," he wrote.
Among his cars, his pride is his Ford Prefect, originally manufactured by the British Ford Motor Co. His latest project is a 1947 Studebaker, which will be a pro-street rod. Of course. Anotherproject is building a tube chassis for an all fiberglass 2000 Camaro.
Memories of back home
As with many of the thousands of Adair County natives now living abroad, Darlow Rexroats's most urgent question about Columbia was the state of its most important institution. "Who owns the Circle R now?" he asked. "I still remember the burgers (was it King Burgers)?"
His memories of Columbia include "warm summer nights, hanging out at the Circle R and on the Square, sweeping the Square without gettingcaught, picking a drag race with someone you thought you could beat (hopefully). . . then driving to Campbellsville to the drag strip wondering if you were gonna get embarrassed in front of your girlfriend."
He can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This story was posted on 2003-07-03 12:54:02
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