Music has a way of imprinting on our souls, taking us to another wavelength, and even changing our lives. For Freddie and Woody Killough, music has been narrating their story--both personally and professionally--since 1978.
The Chamber of Commerce was honored to celebrate with them for the 30th Anniversary of their music store, Killough's Music and Loan, last week at a crowded and jubilant Ribbon Cutting. Emotions ran high as friends, colleagues, staff, city and county officials took turns sharing their own personal stories about the impact the Killoughs have had on them personally and the community. Former Mayor Everette Clark recalled the grand opening when the store was located across the street, as well as the couple's tenacity and devotion to Marion businesses. Chamber director Steve Bush, told of how Freddie had taken him under her wing when he moved here and how much he appreciates their strong relationship today.
City Councilwomen Juanita Doggett gave high praises to the couple for their ability to adjust to the changes over the years and thrive, their mentorship of young entrepreneurs, and the friendship they have shared. Also in attendance was Mayor Pro Tem Billy Martin, Councilwomen Ann Harkey, City Manager Bob Boyette, longtime friends and colleagues.
Although they are celebrating 30 years in a storefront, Freddie remem
bers the five years of operating out of their home. The business has evolved over the years carrying new and used musical instruments, music books for guitars, piano, and other instruments, electronics, jewelry and more. And while the merchandise may change, the music is constant! On Saturdays, local musicians gather with Freddie and Woody for day-long jam sessions. Don't worry if you don't have an instrument, Woody will gladly pull one down from the display so you can join in the fun.
Their story isn't finished and there are more songs to be played out at Killough's. They will celebrate 41 years of marriage this year and we are confident that Freddie and Woody will compose an amazing string of musical moments to commemorate that milestone as well.