On Wednesday, Waffle House co-founder Tom Forkner died at the age of 98. According to the restaurant chain, he died at his home in Johns Creek, Georgia. Forkner’s death follows that of another Waffle House co-founder, Joe Rogers Sr., who died in March at the age of 97.
“Tom will be remembered as a man of honesty and integrity,” Joe Rogers Jr., chairman at Waffle House, said in a press release. “He and my father never envisioned the company would grow into what it is today, nor how thousands of associates would be positively impacted by the opening of that first restaurant.”
Forkner and Rogers Sr. were neighbors when they founded the first Waffle House in Avondale Estates, Georgia, in 1955, Eater reported. Little did they know that the restaurant would expand to almost 2,000 locations across the southern United States.