Marty Boyles uses a word when advertising his cars at Jacksonville Auto Sales that hardly anyone uses today. His mother used it a lot when he was growing up, and it’s a word he couldn’t forget if he wanted to.
“When I’d do something wrong and be in trouble, she’d always use the word rigamarole,” said Boyles. “She’d asked me about what it was I had done and say, ‘Now tell me and don’t give me no rigamarole.’ A lot of people argue with me about how to spell it, but that’s the way she spelled it, and that’s the way I spell it.”
Boyles calls his business, Jacksonville Auto Sales at 1628 Pelham Rd S., “The Home of the No Rigamarole Deal!”
Boyle grew up in Chulafinnee and played in the band at Cleburne County High School in Heflin. His band director was Gary Harris, who now resides in Valley. Harris has a sister by the name of Robin, who became Boyles’s wife. They’ve been married 32 years.
After graduation from CCHS he attended Jacksonville State University where he studied music but always had an interest in business. He played trumpet in The Marching Southerners, an “experience that lasts a lifetime” he says.
“I got married and ended up working in the car business. That’s what I’ve been doing ever since,” said Boyles.
His first job was selling cars at Sunny King Automotive Group. He later worked in management there and then with Ron Newton Pontiac Cadillac GMC with long-time friends Ron and Barry Newton.
Boyles opened Jacksonville Sales in November 2012.
He said having his own business presents a different set of challenges than working in a new car franchise store.
“It’s a lot of fun though,” he said. “We’re very grateful for the first year and a half in business. The community has supported us well, which gives us an opportunity to give back to the community.
Jacksonville is just a wonderful place to live and raise a family.”
Boyles is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-6 and on Saturdays from 8:30-5.
“We raised three girls in Jacksonville,” said Boyles. “We’re connected to this community. I was proud to come back here from Anniston where I’d worked for about 30 years.”
Boyles said he and his family are supporters of Jacksonville High School and Jacksonville State University athletics.
“I’ll always be an Eagle and a Gamecock fan,” he said.
The family is active at First Baptist Church and helping to start the second campus, Eaglepoint Church, where they are involved in various ministries and leadership roles.
Boyles said life today is different from when he was growing up in Chulafinnee. He’s happy that he’s able to give his family more than what he had as a child. Boyles’s father died when he was 4, and he and his older brother, Fred, were reared by their mother.
“I’m just a country boy raised on a farm and not afraid of hard work,”
he said. “It was tough when my mother was raising my brother and me by herself, but we didn’t want for anything. We did just fine. I’m still not wealthy in the world’s view today, but I’m happy to say that my wife and I have raised three wonderful girls. They’re spreading their wings.”
Their oldest daughter, Shelli, works for Collonade Group as the director for JSU Stadium Club and Suites. Middle daughter, Hali, will marry Micah McNair in November. They own H&M Photo, and Hali works for Sorrell Dental Clinic. Calli, the youngest, is a freshman at JSU. Both of the older girls carried on a family tradition of JSU education.
Boyles and his wife are motorcycle enthusiasts.
“We enjoy that a lot,” he said. “We do mostly day trips, but we’ve toured southern California, the Gulf Coast and the mountains.”
Boyles said he also likes to go to automobile auctions.
“It’s hard work, but I love being in the car business,” he said.
“Going to the auctions is work, but it’s as much fun as it is work.”
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