The Interview: Shane Prophett of Arnall Grocery Company
From Staff Reports
This month, The Paper publishes its Q&A with local business owner Shane Prophett.
Briefly describe yourself and what you do/did.
I am 48 years old, Christian and married to Mandy. We have two children, Jake and Anna Grace. I graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1994 with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Wildlife Technology. Worked for Tall Timbers Research Station out of Tallahassee for a year or so. Was then hired onto a private hunting plantation in Coweta County for 10 years. Joined my dad for a couple of years in the construction field before getting a job at Arnall Grocery in Newnan. Became store manager at Arnall Grocery and after 10 years, purchased the business from Mr. Jimmy Beavers in 2015. I’ve been the owner/operator since that time.
Best piece of advice you’ve received.
Look out not only for your own interest, but also for the interest of others.
If I had it to do over …
I would, 100%.
You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take?
Albums: David Crowder: Milk and Honey; Andy Mineo: Wild Things; Alan Jackson: Greatest Hits.
Books: The Bible, Call of the Wild, The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.
Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know.
I don’t like stores or shopping. Ironic isn’t it?
You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why.
I’d like to have this dinner with the men that have helped shape who I am:
• Jerry Prophett , he’s my dad and instilled in me a work ethic that I still use to this day.
• Gene Bishop, my paw paw that passed away in 2019. Worked one job his whole life and had me working with him at the lumber yard at a young age.
• Jimmy Beavers, former owner of Arnall Grocery. Taught me all I know about operating a business and continues to be a blessing to me and my family.
• Craig Young, my college baseball coach. Helped me learn to push my own limits and not settle for anything less than full effort at all times.
• Scott Moore, friend and confidant in business and life. He’s always available for a biscuit and some advice.
Name an as yet unfulfilled dream.
Owning my own farm.
If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be …
Most likely managing land for wildlife somewhere.
Your go-to food.
The Outlaw Josey Wales.
Dogs or cats?
Dogs or what? Dogs for sure.
Your favorite quote and why.
“You’ll be dead a lot longer than you’ll be alive.” This quote helps keep me focused on what I’m here for and that is to be prepared and help prepare others for what is to come.
Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished.
Played two years of baseball in junior college as a walk-on.
What advice would you give your younger self just starting out on their own.
Trust in the Lord, save money and no credit cards.