Riders-N-Christ riding for one of their own

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Two months after a crash killed two men in Estill County, some friends have organized an event to remember them, especially to honor one of their own.

"He was our voice," said Rob Anderson, a board member of Riders-N-Christ. "We don't have that now."

He was the promotor of a new motorcycle ministry out of Estill County, but William Neal, 50, was killed along with his stepfather in a head-on crash on April 7.

"For something like that to happen and as close as we got in such little time, it was devastating and not only to his family and the church family but to the motorcycle ministry," said Anderson.

Since Neal's death, Riders-N-Christ have been trying to ride along without him.

"He was a big loving guy. And he was a big guy, but he was loving. He was just like a big ole bear!" said Anderson.

Neal promoted and scheduled a memorial ride for one of his relatives in Ohio, but he died one week before. Rob Anderson says this time a memorial ride for Neal is in the works. It's scheduled for June 22 in Irvine at the fairgrounds. Kickstands will be up at 11 a.m. that day for a two-hour motorcycle memorial ride. They will return to the fairgrounds for auctions and food to raise money for Neal's family.

"It's not only to remember him, but it's to honor him," said Anderson.

Anderson says they taught each other a few things even before Neal had turned his life around and given it to Christ.

"He meant a lot to me. He not only grew in our friendship, but I grew also," said Anderson.

Someday Riders-N-Christ will find another promotor., but they say they know deep down that William Neal is irreplaceable.

"It won't be William!" said Anderson.

Neal's step-father, Ronald Whitaker, 75, will also be honored in that memorial ride.

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