November 27, 2020

Heard Native Receives a “Roaring” Send-Off

Local Man Receives A “Roaring” Send-Off 

Written by: Don Neuberg

Arthur Davis, of LaGrange who passed away on June 28th of congestive heart failure, had many great friends. In fact, Arthur had so many friends that a normal funeral was not going to be in the cards.

Not only was Arthur an 11-year veteran of the United States Navy, he was an avid motorcycle rider and a member of the Southern Cruisers Motorcycle Club #109 based in LaGrange.

Arthur had a severe heart disease. He was on the waiting list for a heart transplant. His friends at Southern Cruisers were planning a benefit ride to help pay for his medical bills. His friend, Brenda Sellers, said the event, to be called the “Tin Man Ride,” was based on the Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man and the theme song, “If I Only Had a Heart.”

As watchers of this old classic movie may remember, the Tin Man was searching for a heart. So was Arthur. Unfortunately his time ran out as he waited.

Arthur, age 49, was in the hospital at Emory and the VA hospital in Decatur for 35 days, where, according to Sellers, Arthur received excellent care.

Sadly as Arthur’s condition worsened the fluid collecting around his heart could no longer be drained and he and his wife Kris were told there was nothing more that could be done for him. He was transferred to Hospice LaGrange where he passed away two days later.

Arthur Davis is carried by pallbearers and receives salute from Navy Honor Guard

But that is not the end of the story.

His friends at Southern Cruisers wanted Arthur to be sent to meet his maker, like he loved his life, surrounded by the sound of roaring motorcycles.

Brenda Sellers said the club wanted to escort Arthur to his burial.

As a Navy Veteran, Arthur was also entitled to a Navy Honor Guard and the Patriot Guard, a group of motorcyclist who often are seen attending U.S. military funerals were contacted and asked to participate as well.

Jeff Higgins, of Higgins LaGrange Chapel Funeral Home, was asked if Arthur’s motorcycle and the leathers he wore could be placed next to his casket. Higgins was happy to do so and arrangements were made to have his bike staged in the viewing room at the funeral home.

The Southern Cruisers Riding Club arranged to meet at a local store at the LaGrange Mall where they rode in mass to the funeral home for visitation and the funeral service. After the service, the hearse was escorted by members of the Patriot Guard, who were able to work out there schedule to send riders to the service, and the members of Arthurs’s club. Approximately 50 motorcycles roared away from the funeral home to Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery for internment.

As the procession arrived at the cemetery, the hearse was met by Arthur’s pallbearers and the Navy Honor Guard. The graveside service was very dignified as Arthur’s family and friends surrounded the casket and listened to the preacher.

One of the most beautiful hymns, “How Great Thou Art” was sung and Arthur received salutes from the Navy Honor Guard. One of Arthur’s friends was heard to say, “Arthur is riding with Jesus today”.

The “Tin Man Ride,” originally designed to offset Arthur’s medical expenses will still go on so he could pay for burial insurance for elderly age-range plans, but now funds collected will be used to help pay his funeral cost. The ride is scheduled for July 14th with registration at the Captain’s Cove at 301 Commerce Avenue from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Cost per biker is $20 and per rider $10.

Lunch is included with registration. Please contact Sam at 706-616-7477 or Brenda at 706-594-4526 for additional information. The Southern Cruisers Riding Club invite all of Arthur’s friends to attend and help support his wife, family and to defray his funeral expenses.

Courtesy of  Troup County News (7/4/12)

Comments

  1. Mart Hyatt says

    This proves how much Arthur loved life, family and friends. And vice versa, Arthur had many loving friends. I remember the day in August of 1976 that I met Arthur and we became friends that day. Rest In PEACE Arthur Davis.
    Mart Hyatt

  2. Brenda Sellers says

    He was loved by many and will always be in our hearts
    come out and support his life and his family on Sat july 14 for the TIN MAN RIde
    Ride the GOLDEN STREETS til WE ALL MEET AGAIN
    love you BFF
    Brenda

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