Introducing Ray Johns, a member of our Capital Hatters family, and his amazing story as to how he came into the business of leather work, saddle and boot repair.
Summary: Introducing Ray Johns, a member of our Capital Hatters family, and his amazing story as to how he came into the business of leather work, saddle and boot repair.
Ray Johns has been with Capital Hatters for nearly 4 years now, he works in the back shop with his co-worker Cody Collins, repairing boots and saddles, as well as all sorts of leather work. Ray says working with Cody is a “love hate relationship” Ray and Cody’s relationship is nothing shy of hilarious and home felt, we all say they have a ‘bromance’. Ray also says “the first year I worked here I tried to figure out if Cody liked me…. And I’ve spent the last 3 years trying to figure out whether or not I like him.” Despite what they may say about each other there’s an unsaid understanding that they both enjoy working with each other. They appreciate one another through poking fun.
Ray has a sense of southern warmth to him that makes you instantly like him. Born in Loraine, TX he then moved to Weatherford to work for a ranch. He was close with all of his horses, he said, “I had a Stud who I told all of my worries and doubts to his name was Snorty... he was my go-to best friend”. If that doesn’t warm your heart I’m not sure what will. Ray also worked on another ranch in south Texas. Still working on the Weatherford ranch, Ray came into Capital Hatters were the main boss James told Ray there was a few pairs of boots sitting in the back he could work on and repair. Ray says “... there were about 30-40 pairs of boots, so I took a pair set it on the table and got to workin’.” Once Ray repaired all the boots more work came in and he “got to workin’” on those too. He has now been with us for around 4 years now.
Along the way Ray had three beautiful children, two boys and one girl. The Girl is now 16, her name is Kristen. She lives with her mother in Anson. Kristen shows sheep- so I suppose she takes after her dad in loving animals. One of Rays sons is now 25 his name is Dustin he now has three wonderful children ages 4, 2 and one little girl on the way- so that makes ray the ole’ Grandpa!
Reflecting on Rays career here at Capital Hatters, he reminisces on a memory of a beloved customer who came in standing about a whole 45 inches tall and weighed a whole whopping 50 pounds. Ray says he came in and said “Hey mister, can you fix my boots” of course Ray was delighted to fix this sweet southern boys boots. As the little boy watched Ray he was completely amazing at Rays big sewing machines and all the beautiful stitches going into the leather. Ray tells us looking back throughout his career that was the most heartwarming moment, and that it made him proud to be able to be an idol to the sweet little boy.
Ray is an essential part of Capital Hatters he brings a the goofiness and we, as a family would definitely not be the same Capital Hatters without him.