Bobby Williams stands with his creation for Suzie Kerr Wright, in trailer. Williams displayed his nifty handiwork in constructing the mobile trailer from the ground up. Wright uses the trailer for psychic readings.
Written by Charles Pulliam / For The Tennessean
Q&A with Bobby Williams
Bobby Williams is the kind of guy who can fill his time with ease. He says he always finds projects to work on, big and small.
“I love to work with my hands and stay busy,” said Williams, 62.
He is a mechanic and carpenter who teamed up with his wife to completely remodel their 1918 three-story home in Old Hickory Village in northeast Davidson County.
A grandpa to three young boys, father of two and husband of nearly 30 years, Williams recently completed a new project: a gypsy trailer. The trailer was for friend Suzie Kerr Wright, an astrologer, tarot card reader and entertainer.
Tell me about this trailer you created from the ground up for your friend. How did you get involved?
I guess you have to start backward. I’m a hands-on kind of guy. When Suzie came to me about the wagon, I had never built one or seen one and thought it would be a challenge. Suzie and her husband go to the same church as my wife and I. We were at a seminar and she was talking about building furniture. She told me she had an idea for a trailer and showed me some pictures.
What did it take to construct this unique structure?
Well, I wanted to make it solid as a rock while being as light as possible so Suzie could use her S-10 pickup to tow it easily. It started out as a 6-by-10 utility trailer. I went to great lengths to make it as structurally sound as I could.
She would come up with all these ideas. The more I got to working on it, the more ideas she came up with, and I still don’t think she’s done with it. I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into, but it worked out well and I’m proud of it.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m one of those guys who knows a little about a lot. I’ve worked hard all my life and I’m trying to slow down a little bit.
I understand you work part time now, but what were some other jobs you’ve held?
I started out wanting to be a mechanic. I’ve managed trucks for both Coke and Pepsi and …
Wait, so you switched between Coca-Cola and Pepsi?
Yes. Sometimes you have to take different approaches.
How’d you end up in the Nashville area?
We were running campgrounds for KOA Campgrounds. My wife and I are both from Georgia, and when we ended up in Nashville, we liked it. We’ve been fortunate to travel all over the country doing different things.
It seems like you and your wife are in a transitional phase. Do you have any advice?
Enjoy what you do. Take the opportunities that arise. We’ve enjoyed our lives, and now that our kids are grown, we are trying to slow down. I know we will always be busy, though.
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