Sunday sermon brought new direction for Rosser
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Doug Rosser was born in 1939 at Mount Zion in Cherokee County. About all the small community had at that time was “a little school and a little church.” His parents are the late Debs and Grace (Conaway) Rosser.

His sister, Glenda Marshall, lives in Newnan, Ga. He has two brothers. Larry lives in Dallas and Darryl lives in Birmingham.

When he was 6, the family moved to Rock Run. After graduating from Spring Garden High School, Rosser attended college at Auburn. He studied agriscience and poultry husbandry. After graduating, he came home and worked for the late Charles Miller at Miller Poultry Co., for 15 years.

“I had always enjoyed my work at the poultry place,” said Rosser. “But it sort of changed. I was over the poultry and then the cattle operation. It was wintertime and it was cold out there with the cows.”

A sermon by his preacher on a Sunday morning brought about a career change.

“The preacher said if you don’t like what you do, you need to change jobs,” said Rosser. “That just stuck with me. I went in and told Mr. Miller the next week that I was going to change. I told him before I even went to look (for another job).”

Miller’s reaction surprised Rosser. Miller told him that if he needed a partner for financial backing that he’d like to be a part of that.

Next, Rosser visited his next door neighbor, Bobby Sexton, who owned Auto Supply.

“I told him that I was going to change vocations,” said Rosser. “He said that he’d been thinking about changing, too. He had a partner, Ed Little, who owned the Pontiac and Ford place in Piedmont. Mr. Miller bought out Ed’s part, and I bought out Bobby’s part.”

Miller and Rosser remained partners in Auto Supply 10 years before Rosser bought him out.

Auto Supply eventually became Piedmont Outdoor, located at 613 N. Main St. It’s been in the same location 38 years. John Deere equipment, Stihl handheld equipment, Exmark commercial cutting equipment and Arctic Cat ATVS are some of the items sold there.

Piedmont Outdoor not only provided a way for Rosser to support his family, it gave employment to his four children while they were in high school and college.

Rosser and his wife, the former Janice Anderson, have been married 54 years. They have two sons and two daughters.

Doug Jr., and his wife, Lisa, live in Glencoe, where he is comptroller for Burford’s Tree Service in Alexandria. Greg and his wife, Sheri, live in Centre, where he manages First Southern State Bank. Kim Compton and her husband, Neil, live in Piedmont. Kim is general manager of Piedmont Outdoor. Cindy Holbrooks and her husband, Bryan, live in Glencoe. Cindy is an accountant for McWhorter & Co., in Anniston.

The Rossers have eight grandchildren. They attend First Baptist Church, where Rosser is a deacon and, for the past 31 years, has been involved in Carpenters for Christ.

Each of these 31 years has carried Rosser to different states to help build churches for those not able to build if not for volunteer help.

“That made me look at life different,” he said. “What I thought was important before, then I decided it wasn’t important anymore. Material things didn’t matter. Family and relations were what was important.”  

For the past five years, Rosser has collected classic and antique tractors. The oldest is a 1939 A model Farmall he bought from a man in Spring Garden.

He’s working with cattle again, though this time it’s not a full job as it once was.

“I used to play golf,” said Rosser. “I spend about the same amount of money raising cows as I did playing golf. But they don’t talk back to me and I don’t get as frustrated as I did playing golf.”

Rosser said the day the preacher spoke, the Lord changed everything for him. 

“I don’t know what else the preacher said that day, but it was like a light bulb. My motto has been since then, if you’re enjoying what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. If you don’t enjoy it, then it’s work.”

Rosser, 74, is happy where he is in his life. He credits his family, friends and employees for helping make that happen.

“I enjoy our business,” he said. “Most of our customers are like family. I like that.”

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