Jimmy Deese, owner and president of OmniTech Manufacturing, has been named grand marshal of the 62nd annual Downtown Dyersburg Christmas Parade.
"Jimmy owns an existing industry in South Dyersburg," said Dyersburg Dyer County Chamber of Commerce Director of Downtown Development Steve Guttery. "(He) has survived the South Town floods and rebuilt his business. Jimmy was the first to take care of the residents and businesses during the floods. He took care of others when he could have been saving his own business. He is affectionately known as the mayor of Southtown because of his love for the community and the people that make their living and their life there."
Deese was born in the old Baird-Brewer Hospital on the corner of McGaughey and Main streets in downtown Dyersburg. He now operates OmniTech on South Main/Historic U.S. Highway 51. The manufacturing facility has been in the same Southtown location since 1974.
"When people say I have come a long way," said Deese, "I tell them, 'No, not really - just a couple of blocks.'"
Deese is proud of the Southtown community and honored by the designation of grand marshal.
"It is a privilege and honor," said Deese. "And, of course, I am delighted to do it. I will do anything for Dyersburg. I'm all about anything that helps Dyersburg. It's a great place to live."
The 62nd annual Downtown Dyersburg Christmas Parade will begin on West Market Street at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 26. The parade route will follow West Market, turning left at Mill Avenue, left on Masonic Street, left on Church Avenue, right on Court Street and right onto King Avenue.