WEST HELENA, Ark.-James Caldwell Malone, 78, the retired owner of Malone's O.K. Tire Store, died of cancer in Helena Regional Medical Center on Nov. 9. Mr. Malone moved to West Helena in 1958 and worked at the former Mohawk Tire & Rubber Co. manufacturing facility in Helena with his son, Bill.
Eventually, Mr. Malone became a supervisor and, in 1961, purchased an O.K. Tire Store franchise in West Helena.
He and his son launched the business by trading part-time shifts at the Mohawk plant and the tire store. Mr. Malone built his own store in West Helena in 1964 and turned the franchised operation into an independent firm.
He retired in 1980 and turned over the business to his wife, Wilda, who ran the operation for nine years until Bill bought the firm.
Mr. Malone was a member of the Arkansas Independent Tire Dealers Association.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Malone's survivors include two daughters; a sister; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
SAUTEE-NACOOCHEE, Ga.-Eugene E. Elmore III, the former owner of a Lake Worth, Fla.-based tire and auto parts wholesale company, died Nov. 5 of cancer at the age of 70.
Mr. Elmore was a Texaco executive before he and a partner, Harry Piesel, opened a Tires, Batteries and Accessories wholesale firm in Lake Worth in 1963.
He sold the business, now called Elpex Inc., in 1975, according to the company's owner Gary Turner.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Elmore; one son; one brother; and one granddaughter.
WATERTOWN, Mass.-George B. Macomber, a service manager at Edward S. Quirk Co. Inc. in Watertown, died Oct. 20 in Boston University Hospital of cancer. He was 39.
He served for six years as a truck service manager for Quirk Tire, a precure retread and commercial tire dealership located just outside of Boston.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; a son; two daughters; his mother; two brothers and four sisters.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Glenn E. Powell, 86, former owner of a tire dealership in Richmond, Ind., died Oct. 8 at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Powell was born in Buffalo, Mo., and opened Glenn Powell Tire Service in Richmond, the dealership he retired from in the late 1960s or early 1970s, according to the Indiana Tire Dealers Retreaders Association.
Survivors include a son; a daughter; a sister; and five grandchildren.