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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Best Scotty Story

Posted May 20, 2011 9:44 a.m. EDT
Updated May 20, 2011 9:53 a.m. EDT

Have you ever met Scotty McCreery? I’ll give a prize to the person with the best Scotty encounter story.

Perhaps, you have met Scotty at Lowes Foods in Garner where he worked prior to his American Idol fame. Maybe you went to school with him or know his parents. Give us your best Scotty story and we will keep a running list.

I had a Scotty encounter last December in Smithfield at the Christmas show at Johnston County Community College where I performed. Scotty and his mom Judy watched the show and bought a signed copy of my Christmas CD. Little did I know that this smiling, humble and bright-eyed teenager would be wowing America in just a few months with his powerful voice and downhome charm. After our meeting I became Facebook friends with Scotty’s parents Judy and Mike McCreery. I thought you might enjoy reading what Judy wrote to me yesterday after I asked them if I could use some of their Facebook photos of Scotty for the slideshow:

"I think that would be fine. There are also other photos at foxflash.com. The News Observer just posted one on their blog of Scotty taken at Lake Benson in 2000 when he was just 6! Bill, just an FYI if you are ever looking for fun facts about Scotty...he has relatives throughout NC. His middle name "Cooke" is for his grandfather R.P. Cooke's family from Halifax County. He was a retired state trooper who passed away a few years ago. His grandma Janet Cooke ( seen on a show) still lives on a small farm in Elizabeth City. His McCreery grandparents,( Bill and Paquita also featured on a show,) live in Aberdeen. His sister, Ashley, attends UNC-Charlotte. My husband Mike, Scotty's dad, graduated from NCSU but I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. Yes, my Tar Heel friends are upset I was unable to convert Scotty!! But I did wear Carolina blue when I was at Doak Field last Saturday! My point is Scotty is a NC boy through and through. On a side note, you met Scotty and signed one of your Christmas CDs for us last year at JCC! We even listened to it on the way to Aberdeen last Christmas morning. We love your Celtic whistle! It is magical...thx for saying hi. We really miss NC!"

What a wonderful family!   Isn’t it nice when good things happen to such great people!