Most people would recognize Home Oil Company by its Hobo Pantry logo; the cheerful, scruffy fella with a knapsack on his back. Home Oil Company is a name that stuck when the Shirley family purchased the first location in Ashford more than 50 years ago. At that time, Tom Shirley wanted to keep the name because it was in line with his vision for the company. Home has continued to be important to the Shirley family. Tom’s son, Tim, now serves as president of the company. When Tim was diagnosed with throat cancer more than 5 years ago, he wanted to receive treatment close to home.
“I could have gone to other cities for my cancer treatment,” he says. “But I figured the Good Lord would watch over me just as well here as anywhere else. I had confidence in the medical care at Southeast Health and that’s where I wanted to be.”
Tim has been cancer free for more than five years and his cancer journey has motivated him to help other cancer patients at Southeast Health through his 26 Hobo Pantry stores.
The first Hobos for Hope fundraising campaign allows customers of Hobo Pantry stores to help raise money in support of those battling cancer.