If you're a hardcore Knoxvillian, then no explanation is necessary when discussing the names Leroy Mercer and Eddie Harvey. These are nationally famous personas in the realm of underground pop culture, even if one of them was not entirely real. (For more background, read John Bean's story here and about his legacy here.)
But even if you're not privy to the Knoxville in-joke (hunh) you'll still have undoubtedly driven by the sign visible from North Broadway as you're heading toward the 640 interchange: Eddie's Auto Parts. It is an iconic bit of Knoxville hot-rod culture.
The shop's eponymous owner, Eddie Harvey, passed away at age 91 on Monday. He was one of Knoxville's great characters.
To better appreciate his unique Knoxvilleness, we've dug up Betty Bean's profile of him from 2000: