The Old Country Store and Casey Jones Village will hold the second annual Clark Shaw Memorial Prayer Walk in partnership with the Jackson Police Department and Garry Martin, pastor of Jackson First Assembly of God, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, beginning at 8 a.m., the walk will begin at 9 a.m.
Attendees will meet in the parking lot of Barton’s Home Outlet (756 Old Hickory Blvd. in Jackson), near U-Haul Moving and Storage, which is the former Kmart building. Old Country Store will provide free sausage biscuits and coffee while supplies last and walk instructions will be announced at 8:45 a.m.
Walkers will head west on Old Hickory Boulevard, and groups will break off walking down side streets and coves and into apartment complexes to pray for God’s will, protection and guidance over the residents and the neighborhood.
Clark Shaw was the son of Brooks Shaw, who founded the Old Country Store in 1965. After his father’s death, Clark assumed leadership of the restaurant, moved it from its original location on Airways Boulevard to its current location off the Highway 45 Bypass near Interstate 40. Clark was known locally for his commitment to his Christian faith, his love of Jackson and the state of Tennessee and his efforts to boost tourism locally and statewide. Clark and Garry coordinated the first prayer walk for the Old Hickory neighborhood in 2018.
Clark’s life verse was Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
“We are excited to partner with Pastor Garry Martin and the Jackson Police Department to bring this event back,” said Old Country Store General Manager Brooks Shaw. “My dad, Clark, spent a lot of time praying for Jackson and specifically for the Old Hickory neighborhood. He might have disagreed with us naming this walk in after him, but we believe it’s a perfect embodiment of his legacy in Jackson.”
JPD will host a cookout lunch in the parking lot at 11 a.m., and area residents are invited to attend and spend time with officers that will be present for a meet-and-greet. Other emergency response agencies will be invited to be a part of the event as well.
Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store has been in business for more than 55 years. With about 100 team members employed, they serve more than half a million residents and tourists each year. Built around its expansive Southern-soul buffet, Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store serves local, national and international guests in an atmosphere filled with historic charm and modern updates. It also includes Miss Anne’s Ice Cream Parlor and a Southern Gift Shop. The campus includes Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum, The Farm at Casey Jones Village, Art in the Village Gallery and The Old Country Store. More information is available at facebook.com/caseyjonesvillagefestival, instagram.com/oldcountrystorecjv and caseyjones.com.