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October 10, 2008

Service with a smile

DUNCAN — There are people who say they love their job and then there’s Lee Nail — a man who really does love his job. And at his job is where he found his true love.

When he was 19, Nail, who always seems to have a smile, joined the staff at Kentucky Fried Chicken washing dishes. That lasted about two weeks — until he started cooking. He never dreamed he would work at the same place for 30 years. But, he said, he likes making people smile.

Nail said KFC is also where he met Kenya.

“She was in there applying for a job and it literally was love at first sight,” he said. They dated for about a year and then were married.

She continues to work at KFC and Nail considers her as his right hand. “She is my beautiful rock.”

“This store’s got something that’s got family stamped all over it. Even years later, there’s a dozen marriages lasting that came from this place,” he said.

He’s not sure what it is, but he believes in the Duncan KFC establishment.

In 1977, KFC was owned by a father and son team, Cletus and Newt Adair and was located on the south end of Duncan. The Adairs opened the franchise in 1967, Nail said. Looking back, he feels blessed to have worked for them until they sold the place in October 1978 to Bob Peck. Peck, his wife, Janie, and their son, Bobby, are current owners.

And Nail is now general manager of a KFC that attracts customers from many surrounding communities, including Lawton and Ardmore. He’s been managing the store since 1990.

“This is going to sound corny, but the favorite part of my job is that I love getting out in the dining room on a Sunday morning when it’s packed with people from all over, and visiting with them,” Nail said. “Those people will drive past their own KFCs in their communities and come to Duncan to eat.”

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