Memorial planned for fallen biker

Community members will pay final respects this weekend for a local motorcyclist who recently lost his life in an accident.

A memorial run honoring David Shipton, Jr., of Dresden will be held Saturday with several stops planned along the way. Shipton apparently wrecked his motorcycle on Highway 89 between Dresden and Sharon in the early morning hours of June 15. A BOLO was issued seeking his whereabouts after concerned friends and family hadn’t made contact with Shipton since June 14.

A helicopter with the Tennessee Highway Patrol discovered Shipton’s motorcycle and body June 20 in a deep, overgrown ditch off of Highway 89 near mile marker 11.

Shipton was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders Post #55 of Martin. Family members reached out to his comrades and they have put together a memorial run to honor their fallen brother.

A Memorial Service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at American Legion Post #55, located at 221 Central St. in Martin. A meal consisting of a barbecue sandwich with sides will be served at the post at 11:30 that morning. Kick stands will go up at 12:30 p.m. in preparation of the memorial run with departure from the American Legion post. All vehicles are welcome on the run.

Those participating in the memorial run will conduct a slow roll past Shipton’s home outside of Dresden after they leave from Martin. The next two stops are J.W. Brewskies in Gleason and Big T’s place in Sharon. After leaving Big T’s, motorists will head to the site of Shipton’s wreck at mile marker 11 on Highway 89 for a brief prayer and the placing of a cross with a placard at the location.

Nanney Farms and Pumpkin Patch is allowing guests to park at their place of business across from the site on Highway 89 to avoid highway congestion.

This is the final stop on the memorial run.

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