Raymond Shadden CROSSVILLE, Tenn.—Raymond Shadden, founder of Shadden Tire Co. in Crossville, died April 22 in the Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. He was 80.
Mr. Shadden started out in the tire business as a salesman for B.F. Goodrich Co. and opened his own dealership in 1953. He became involved in local politics and was elected to a four-year term as mayor of Crossville in the early 1960s.
He subsequently was elected to the Tennessee General Assembly and served for two years in the state house and 10 years in the state senate. He continued to operate his tire dealership while in office.
Mr. Shadden's major legislative accomplishment was securing funding for the construction of a state vocational school in Crossville, now known as the Tennessee Technology Center. In 1993, Mr. Shadden retired and turned over control of the dealership to his sons, Tom and Wayne, who continue as co-owners.
He also is survived by four daughters, one of whom, Vickie Shadden Burgess, works at Shadden Tire.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Dorothy "Dottie" Stevens, vice president of Stevens Tire Warehouse in Daytona Beach, died at her home in Ormond Beach, Fla., April 30. She was 69.
In 1966, Mrs. Stevens and her husband, Paul "Red" Stevens, started Stevens Tire in Holly Hill, Fla., and moved the business to Daytona Beach in 1970.
Mrs. Stevens is survived by her husband, who continues to operate Stevens Tire, and by a daughter, a son and two granddaughters.