On Sunday November 16, 2014 the automotive world lost an icon as Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire Company passed away.
When he founded his company back in 1958 all Harold hoped for was that it would succeed. Back then, few could have imagined that his company would grow to be what it is today: the world’s largest supplier of tires and wheels for collector vehicles.
A pioneer in the automotive aftermarket world, Harold Coker pretty much created the collector vehicle tire industry. Seeking out the molds for obsolete tires, Coker would license them out, giving antique automobile collectors a source of authentic tires for their vintage vehicles. It was his work helping collectors get the tires they needed that would earn him a place in the prestigious Tire Industry Association Hall of Fame just two weeks before his passing.
After his retirement in 2004, Harold spent his days with his wife and family. When he wasn’t working on restoring antique vehicles Harold would usually be found helping his church and community by serving on various boards and committees.
Harold is survived by his wife, Lillian, his two sons Corky and Davdi, his daughter Christine, his seven grandchildren, and his four great-grandchildren.