AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Motorcyclists will hop on their bikes this weekend, in remembrance of an Americus man who was killed in a motorcycle crash last year. Family members say it's the perfect way to honor a man who had such a big impact on his community.
Everyone who knew Sam Singletary, known as Sambo, says the same thing.
"He never met a stranger. No matter who it was, he could walk right up to them and start talking to them," said Helen Sellers, a relative and ride organizer.
"For me, just remembering him as a person and an individual that never met a stranger. Never find anyone that didn't like him. He just loved everyone and everyone loved him," said his brother in law Charles Christmas.
The 47-year-old was killed last February in a motorcycle crash in Americus.
It's where other motorcyclists will meet this Saturday for a memorial ride, at 9:00AM at Gas n' Go at the intersection of Highway 280 and US 19 South. Just show up. and cars can participate-- behind the motorcycles...
"I think it's a great way to honor him, because of the fact that motorcycles was part of his life. He loved them, he loved to get out and ride," said Christmas.
In addition to motorcycles, the army veteran had a passion for aviation. After retiring from the army he became an aviation maintenance instructor at South Georgia Technical College.
"The students who are still here who had him as an instructor still talk about him. The impact that he's had on their lives and what will eventually be their future careers has been priceless," said Christmas.
And those behind the ride hope it also raises awareness for other drivers to be on the lookout for motorcyclists.
"A lot of people just don't look for motorcycles. So I think it's a good thing to do these kinds of events and have events where it makes the public more aware that there are motorcycles on the road and please watch for us," said ride organizer and relative Johnny Lewis.
Organizers expect more than 200 motorcyclists to take part in the 87 mile ride. It's expected to take about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Riders will take US 19 S to Leesburg, then ride to Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Cordele where Singletary is buried. They'll finish at The 1800 Mexican Restaurant in Americus.
"We plan to stop as we're coming into Americus at The 1800 Mexican Restaurant, which was one of Sambo's favorite places to eat. Matter of fact he had just eaten there the night he got killed on his motorcycle," said Lewis.