This Saturday, a Grayson institution will say good-bye to the community. Ski-Bob, of Ski-Bob’s Frosty Sno-Balls, will serve free sno-balls at Bay Creek Park on Saturday, April 16th, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. All of Grayson is invited to come and say a fond farewell to the local legend who has made many a hot afternoon of ballgames that much more bearable.
A cancer diagnosis in the fall pushed Ski-Bob away from the park and the kids he loves, so his return this weekend will be to say farewell to the community he has loved and served for over a decade. To explain why he’s retiring, I’m going to let Ski-Bob himself share in his own words.
I have been at Bay Creek Park since opening day, which was March 27, 2004.
Being “SkiBob” has been a truly unique experience. First of all, I love the name. Since I am a skier, and since my name is Bob, it seemed to be the perfect name for the business: “SkiBob’s Frosty Sno-Balls”. The name recognition turned out to be quite remarkable. I quickly became known to the community as SkiBob, especially among the kids. The kids even refer to my product as a “SkiBob” instead of a sno-cone. So, what I love most about being SkiBob is the love, respect and kindness shown by hundreds (maybe thousands) of kids. It’s hard to imagine a better feeling than this.
Just a little history: my background is a very humble one. I and my three younger brothers, Jerry, Pete, and Wayne, were raised by our grandparents on a textile mill village in Anderson, SC. When I was 10 years old, my granddad built a sno-cone wagon for me. Very simple: a wooden box, mounted on two bicycle wheels, handles on it like a wheelbarrow. It held a 100 lb. block of ice, and I used a hand shaver. I pushed that little wagon up and down the streets of that village for 6 years. Made lots of money for a kid, and had so much fun that I planned all my life to get back in the sno-cone business when I retired. Back then, I charged 5 cents and had 12 flavors. True to my plans, I had the “SkiBob” business ready to go the day I retired, and have had 13 great years with it.
I have a wonderful family: My wife Lynn of 43 years, my daughter Bobbie Lynn, and my son Brannen. Lynn has always been loving and supportive in all my endeavors. She is currently the worlds best caregiver. With my illness, I could not possibly make it through the day without her. She has become a great nurse in every sense of the word. Bobbie Lynn is the kind of daughter that everyone should have. She’s smart, beautiful, and totally loveable. Brannen is a great son. He is also very smart; he’s hardworking, successful, and he loves his Daddy. They have blessed us with four lovely grandchildren, Taylor, Bradley, Drake and our little Diva Jersey Lynn!
My health is not good. I am currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments and I am seeing my doctors regularly. My doctors are hopeful that my condition will improve. Right now the treatments are making me weak and unable to continue running the business. My plans moving forward are to take care of my health as best I can, love and honor my family, and trust in God to care for me.
The community of Grayson, for the past 12 years, has been huge in my life. I will always be grateful for the support of the community — kids and adults alike. The SkiBob business has been turned over to my daughter, Bobbie Lynn Wages, and her husband, Todd. They will operate at Bay Creek Park on a limited basis to begin with, and gradually increase the scope of operations, as they become more experienced.
I love Grayson and always will.