Harold Coker is honored by Tennessee legislature for long-time public service

April 4, 2002

Harold Coker, chairman of Coker Tire Co. in Chattanooga, Tenn., and a past president of the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association (1984-85), is retiring from many years of public service this term.

Because of this, the Tennessee State Senate has introduced a joint resolution to "honor and recognize Harold Coker for his steadfast service as a Hamilton County Commissioner and to salute his achievements in government and public safety on the local, state and national levels."

Coker also was a past president of the Tennessee Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association, and is the past

president of the Antique Automobile Club.

In 1982, Coker was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee. "I am extremely complimented by the fact that President Reagan has asked me to serve on this prestigious committee," Coker told Modern Tire Dealer at the time. "My life's work has made me acutely aware of our national need in the field of highway safety."

Coker started his tire dealership in 1958, when the former BFGoodrich Tire Co. offered him an exclusive territory. Harold's son, Corky, is now president of Coker Tire, which specializes in antique tires.