Ray's Kingburger

Posted in the Mount Airy Forum

Comments

Showing posts 1 - 20 of35
< prev page
|
Go to last page| Jump to page:
Ken H

Charlottesville, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1
Oct 10, 2008
 
My dad worked with the company for several years in the early 1970's through its closing in the early 1980's. I was recently through Mount Airy and saw that the #1 store on 52 is now undergoing renovation (next to Sweet Sue's), and the original Ray's Starlight is a nightclub. Anybody have any idea whatever happened to Ray and Geneva Goad, Moses Massey, The Hiatts, and others that were the founders/heirarchy of the company?

It was a great place to work back in the day, with delicious food (especially breakfast!), and I'd love to learn more about the company - especially any old pictures that may still be around.
DAVE

Florence, SC

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#2
Oct 10, 2008
 
ray keep the starlight after the bankruptcy,he ran it for quite a while,i imagine he has died by now, but i really don,t know..my wife was ray goad jr,s sect. for a couple of years in the very early 70s...
Moses Massey became a judge in surry county,he is probably retired by now,he is a couple years older than me and i;m 58..i went to north surry...what is your name? i may know you...soon...john david johnson
Ken H

Charlottesville, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#3
Oct 10, 2008
 
My dad wad John Heath, and worked his way up from the manager here in Marion, VA to District Manager, covering the VA stores (Marion, Abingdon, Wytheville, Pulaski, Radford, Salem and Roanoke and Kingsport TN. Fpr a year or so, he did troubleshooting for the "East Coast" stores (Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Wilson, NC). In 1979, he moved up to Director of Operations - right after the Christmas eve fire at the Rays HQ/Warehouse, and we moved from Marion to Mt Airy. Shortly after we moved there, the company filed bankruptsy and we ended up running the Kernersville store until we moved back to Marion in 1981.

I worked at the #1 store in Mounta Airy, right on 52, under Ken Holdaway. I started out washing dishes and mopping floors, and worked my way up to feeding the burger patties onto the chain broiler and cleaning the grease fryers! I was the night shift manager there for about a year and went to Surry CC during the day.

I remember a double movie theater next door on one side and Sweet Sue's on the other. The Kingburger had two metal awnings from the original drive-in part of the store. Lots of nights spent watching traffic on the four lane out front, lots of realy good memories. The Goads, Masseys, Hiatts were all so good to us, and I hated to see it all change.

I remember back in the day when Ray's was one of the very first non-automotive sponsors of a NASCAR driver with Petty. My dad actually drove him in a parade in Salem, and King Richard burnt a hole in my old man's new cord sportcoat, for which he was never forgiven (the days of my dad cussing everytime he saw Petty on tv!).

Thanks for the information!
DAVE

Florence, SC

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#4
Oct 11, 2008
 
Ken H wrote:
My dad wad John Heath, and worked his way up from the manager here in Marion, VA to District Manager, covering the VA stores (Marion, Abingdon, Wytheville, Pulaski, Radford, Salem and Roanoke and Kingsport TN. Fpr a year or so, he did troubleshooting for the "East Coast" stores (Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Wilson, NC). In 1979, he moved up to Director of Operations - right after the Christmas eve fire at the Rays HQ/Warehouse, and we moved from Marion to Mt Airy. Shortly after we moved there, the company filed bankruptsy and we ended up running the Kernersville store until we moved back to Marion in 1981.
I worked at the #1 store in Mounta Airy, right on 52, under Ken Holdaway. I started out washing dishes and mopping floors, and worked my way up to feeding the burger patties onto the chain broiler and cleaning the grease fryers! I was the night shift manager there for about a year and went to Surry CC during the day.
I remember a double movie theater next door on one side and Sweet Sue's on the other. The Kingburger had two metal awnings from the original drive-in part of the store. Lots of nights spent watching traffic on the four lane out front, lots of realy good memories. The Goads, Masseys, Hiatts were all so good to us, and I hated to see it all change.
I remember back in the day when Ray's was one of the very first non-automotive sponsors of a NASCAR driver with Petty. My dad actually drove him in a parade in Salem, and King Richard burnt a hole in my old man's new cord sportcoat, for which he was never forgiven (the days of my dad cussing everytime he saw Petty on tv!).
Thanks for the information!
my wife and i had dinner at Mr goads house in 1972,richard petty was there along with ray goad jr and 50 other people/...i would suspect your dad was probably there..i was really young then 22 years old..its been a long time...john david johnson
Ken H

Charlottesville, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#5
Oct 11, 2008
 
You're probably right! That was about the time Rays started serving breakfast, and they had all the managers and dms over to cut the first hams, then a big cookout at the Goads. Remember the "Petty Pack" Kingburger promotion - "The faster you go, the more you need Ray's". Mr. Goad was certainly ahead of his time with his menus, marketing, etc., and he and his wife were always so gracious and kind to our family.
Nancy

Hampton, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#6
Dec 1, 2008
 
Does anyone have a picture of the Rays in Kernersville?
Ken H

Callands, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#7
Dec 2, 2008
 
That would be cool, Nancy! I've started taking pictures of the old Kingburgers as I go through the towns. I'd love to do a book about the company, with old pictures and interviews with folks who worked there. Lots of memories!
George A

Newport, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#9
May 17, 2009
 
I can remember as a kid, dad would take us to Blacksburg Va. about once a month. Ray's was about
the only fast food chain in town. We would get the chicken and all the fixins. I especially liked the slaw. I would love to have the recipe.
There were two Ray's Kingburgers in Blacksburg one were AMMCO Transmission is at now, on South Main built in the late 60's, then a second one was built beside Radford Brothers grocery store on North Main, in the early 70's. I have also been to the one in Mt.Airy NC and Hillsville Va.
Vicki Johnson Allgaier

Finland

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#10
Jan 15, 2010
 
Fun to see all of the comments about the Goads, Massey, and Hiatts! My parents were born and raised in Mt. Airy, N.C. I still have cousins and an Aunt living there. I have known the Goads for years. Geneva passed away maybe a couple of years ago at this point. Ray was still alive the last time I was in town. Moses, their son-in-law had not yet retired. Maybe by now. The Starlight is not what it used to be 'back in the day'. We used to eat there a lot when we were in town visiting family and all. We used to eat at 'Gene's' all the time as well. The 'real' name is the Dairy Center on Lebanon Street. Back to the Goads and Massey's. I saw the Massey's not too long ago, well, maybe a year, when their daughter got married up in the D.C. area. Fun to remember 'back when'!
Ronnie Mayo Jr

Chapel Hill, NC

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#11
Jun 5, 2010
 
In response to your forum below, my father was a manager of the Rays Restaurant in Goldsboro, NC just outside of the gate of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The building is still there. My father switch to working in the one in Kinston, NC. He worked as a manager sometime around 1973. I wished I knew the exact dates.
Ken H wrote:
My dad wad John Heath, and worked his way up from the manager here in Marion, VA to District Manager, covering the VA stores (Marion, Abingdon, Wytheville, Pulaski, Radford, Salem and Roanoke and Kingsport TN. Fpr a year or so, he did troubleshooting for the "East Coast" stores (Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Wilson, NC). In 1979, he moved up to Director of Operations - right after the Christmas eve fire at the Rays HQ/Warehouse, and we moved from Marion to Mt Airy. Shortly after we moved there, the company filed bankruptsy and we ended up running the Kernersville store until we moved back to Marion in 1981.
I worked at the #1 store in Mounta Airy, right on 52, under Ken Holdaway. I started out washing dishes and mopping floors, and worked my way up to feeding the burger patties onto the chain broiler and cleaning the grease fryers! I was the night shift manager there for about a year and went to Surry CC during the day.
I remember a double movie theater next door on one side and Sweet Sue's on the other. The Kingburger had two metal awnings from the original drive-in part of the store. Lots of nights spent watching traffic on the four lane out front, lots of realy good memories. The Goads, Masseys, Hiatts were all so good to us, and I hated to see it all change.
I remember back in the day when Ray's was one of the very first non-automotive sponsors of a NASCAR driver with Petty. My dad actually drove him in a parade in Salem, and King Richard burnt a hole in my old man's new cord sportcoat, for which he was never forgiven (the days of my dad cussing everytime he saw Petty on tv!).
Thanks for the information!
Cherry

Charlotte, NC

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#12
Jul 16, 2010
 
Rays KingBurger On Bessember Ave Greensboro N.C was my very first Job. That would be 1975. While in High School....It was close to my home. I rode my bike or caught a ride to work. I saved enough money while working there to buy my first car..We had a great group of people working together and had alot of fun times....
Marlena

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#13
Nov 30, 2010
 
Hi I was just looking on the internet and ran across this site. Well the other day I was going threw my grandmothers things and found this what looks like a patch and it reads 43 Petty's Pack Rays does anyone know what I am talking about? I know it is older then I am.
David H

Winston Salem, NC

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#14
Jul 3, 2011
 
Yea, I worked my first job at Ray's Kingburger #1
in Mount Airy,NC. The manager was a great guy, Ken Holdaway. I lived beside of Clyde Hiatt, VP of Ray's Kingburgers. I travelled with Clyde Hiatt to many Kingburger grand openings where my job was to give away helium ballons. Clyde, Ricky, and all the Hiatt's are wonderful people and the Kingburger was a great job. I miss those days and those people.
Kathryn

United States

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#15
Oct 13, 2011
 
What was the name of the chicken place that was where the old Ray's kingburger used to be on W Lebanon St in Mt Airy NC?
riverman

Gainesville, GA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#16
Oct 17, 2011
 
i love you kathryn
Brenda Holdaway

Pinehurst, NC

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#17
Feb 20, 2012
 
David H wrote:
Yea, I worked my first job at Ray's Kingburger #1
in Mount Airy,NC. The manager was a great guy, Ken Holdaway. I lived beside of Clyde Hiatt, VP of Ray's Kingburgers. I travelled with Clyde Hiatt to many Kingburger grand openings where my job was to give away helium ballons. Clyde, Ricky, and all the Hiatt's are wonderful people and the Kingburger was a great job. I miss those days and those people.
My Brother is Kennie Holdaway, " The Great Guy". He lives in aarat? Va(not sure of that spelling. Kennie is a car collector and is very active in many projects. I'm sure he would be happy to hear from you. He is listed in the phone directory.
Buddy

Walkertown, NC

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#18
Feb 27, 2012
 
I grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. There was a Ray's on Patterson Avenue back in the 70's. I ate there all the time and I can remember the breakfast's too. I too recall the Petty Promotion slogan, "the faster you go, the more you need Ray's" Remember the Petty Plymouth, with the high spoiler on the back?
Mary Swinn

Charlottesville, VA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#19
May 10, 2012
 
Brenda,
I came upon this site on internet. What does your brother Kennie look like? I think I know him. I used to eat at BurgerKing and loved it.....
Paula

Seattle, WA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#20
Jul 18, 2012
 
Today, July 17 is Ray Goad, Sr's 90th birthday and the family is gathered in Mt Airy to celebrate. I am sure he will be thrilled to hear all of your great memories!

Paula (Ray Jr's former wife)
Bernie Young

Johnson City, TN

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#21
Jul 26, 2012
 
As a youngster growing up in Mt. Airy, Ray's Kingburger was my favorite place to go after a ballgame and grab a burger. Ray's was a great place to hang out after the game with friends and re-hash the game...what memories!!!

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Showing posts 1 - 20 of35
< prev page
|
Go to last page| Jump to page:
Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000
Type the numbers you see in the image on the right:

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Other Recent Mount Airy Discussions

Search the Mount Airy Forum:
Topic Updated Last By Comments
NC Who do you support for U.S. Senate in North Car... (Oct '10) 4 hr waco1909 54,884
German company to open warehouse here Jul 8 Craig 1
Review: Charles Gillis All-American Tattoo's An... Jul 3 Peggy 2
Miranda c @ Cracker barrel Jun 24 truth 3
Bottom Dollar Jun 24 Beengone 3
Found Irish Wolfhound Jun 20 cowboy 2
What's the truth? Jun '14 The American 1
•••
•••
•••
•••

Mount Airy Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Mount Airy People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Mount Airy News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Mount Airy
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••