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    Posted July 9, 2012 by
    FORT WORTH, Texas
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Economy: Are you better off?

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    The Man That Shines Many Shoes


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ballard27 of Texas shares the inspirational story of Roosevelt Miles, Jr., who independently worked his way from growing up on welfare to becoming the owner of a successful Forth Worth shoe shining business. ballard27 highlights Roosevelt as part of the iReport Debate in the hopes of inspiring others not to give up during these tough economic times. "His story can touch somebody that's going through a lot of economical trials and tribulations," he says. "People might look a this story and think, 'If this man can do that, I can do that, too.'"
    - stein0726, CNN iReport producer

    Roosevelt K. Miles Jr was blessed to find a way to shine in the mist
    of darkness. Who is Roosevelt K. Miles Jr? He is a remarkable
    individual who has proven that if you put God first nothing is
    impossible. He was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. He goes
    by the name of Theo and is the owner and operator of Theo's Shoe
    Shine. His business is located inside the front window of Leddy's on
    Sundance Square in Downtown Fort Worth. Mr. Theo is no stranger to
    shining shoes. Theo, 55 years old, has been shining shoes for 20
    years. After growing up in Bakersfield, he went off to the military
    for 7 years. He moved back to California for 20 years and found
    himself here in Texas in 2006. He has a very interesting story on how
    he ended up in Texas. He grew up on welfare and started shining shoes
    at the age of 12. He shined shoes in 8 different places including Los
    Angeles and Virginia. He was discharged from the military of an
    unfortunate injury. He had several major surgeries, disabling him to
    do the work he was accustomed to doing. Theo's mom taught him to work
    for a living. After growing up on welfare, going back to that wasn't
    an option for Theo. Theo was unable to find work anywhere, so a friend
    opened up a barber shop in California. In conversation one day Theo
    told a friend that it use to be a time when a person was able to get a
    shoe shine and hair cut at the same location. He soon developed a
    reputation for his flawless shines. He went from Watts California all
    the way to Beverly Hills. He was afforded the opportunity to shine the
    shoes of John Wayne, President Bush, O.J. Simpson and countless
    others. He puts God first and gives him all the glory for his gift of
    shining shoes. If you google him, Shoe Shine Fort Worth, you would
    find really good ratings. He mentioned that he started using drugs at
    a very young age. He was delivered from drugs and alcohol and is
    coming up on 8 years clean. He is a minister and enjoys working with
    the youth. When Theo shines, he sits down on a stool and he does that
    for a reason. He says' that in order to talk to you, he has to look up
    to you'. In that position and spot he is reminded that he can't look
    down on anyone. Before he shines, he gives his Shoe Shine stand back
    to God. He is very thankful for his gift to shine. He takes time to
    minister to people every chance he gets; He is a very humble man. His
    favorite song is by The Williams Brothers, " I'm Just A NoBody Trying
    To Tell EveryBody About Somebody Who Can Save Anybody." Theo has been
    mentioned in several articles including The Fort Worth Star Telegram,
    "Ex Addict Gone Straight, by Bob Ray Sanders. " Theo ended up in Fort
    Worth through a friend gracious enough to help him get his life
    together. Because of his integrity and committment to his work, his
    ratings have been outstanding.


    One person says and I quote ' Theo's shoe shine is flawless.'
    Another says ' His shoe shine last a long time'
    And others say ' His work is exceptional and he puts care and pride
    into his work.'


    So if you're looking for the best quality shoe shine, stop by and pay
    him a visit. You won't be disappointed.


    Story by: Pashen Riley
    Photos by: Donnell Ballard

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