(RALEIGH COUNTY) “Beckley, West Virginia baby, I like that.” That’s all it took to get celebrity Steve Harvey excited.
It was a random decision that turned into a trip of a lifetime for Beckley native Richard Jarrell and his wife. The couple were invited to appear on the Steve Harvey Show during an “Ask Steve” segment. Hoping to kill the negative vibes and stereotypes some people have about West Virginia, Jarrell bravely asked Mr. Harvey how he felt about being born in McDowell County.
“I need to know, how would you deal with it because you’re from Welch, West Virginia,” Chick-fil-a owner, Richard Jarrell said.
“Yeah, I’m from Welch, West Virginia,” Harvey replied. “West Virginia is an incredible, beautiful state. I was just there performing about a month ago for a special party.”
After hearing that, Jarrell said he had a goal to accomplish.
“It would be a dream of mine if we could get him back here and have a chance to get him back to McDowell County and see what it’s like today verses when he was there. Because when he was there it was a booming metropolis,” said Jarrell.
West Virginia may get a bad rap, Jarrell said that doesn’t stop customers from touring the state making a pit stop to one of his Chick-fil-a’s in Beckley.
“I’m just blessed beyond measure to be able to do what I do and be part of this great company, and to do it in my hometown and truly represent my hometown and my home state it’s a great opportunity,” Jarrell noted.
One cool fact about Mr. Harvey, “Steve loves him some Chick-fil-A.”