Bikers show support for fallen hero

From Staff Reports

The second Cpl. Keith Crenshaw Memorial Ride was deemed a success, with double the turnout of last year and over $2,500 raised.
More than 60 bikers from north and central Mississippi participated in Saturday morning’s motorcycle ride, which raised $2,506 from registration fees and donations for the memorial fund in Crenshaw’s honor.

PHOTO BY JIMMY FORRESTER Bikers line up for the Keith Crenshaw Memorial Ride.

PHOTO BY JIMMY FORRESTER
Bikers line up for the Keith Crenshaw Memorial Ride.

The Eupora Police Department officer was struck and killed Oct. 23 while deploying a spike strip during a pursuit on U.S. 82. Crenshaw was a biker, and the group followed his favorite route of nearly 70 miles round trip.
They departed from the old Garan parking lot, went south on Highway 9 to the Natchez Trace and Little Mountain at Jeff Busby Park, then to the Council House Café at French Camp for a rest stop. They then rode to Weir and took Highway 12 to Ackerman, where they went north on Highway 15 to Mathiston and back to Eupora on U.S. 82. Volunteers served the riders grilled hamburgers and snacks after they returned to the parking lot.

PHOTOS BY JIMMY FORRESTER Colt Crenshaw and Chelsea Nicole Crenshaw are ready to ride in memory of their late father, Keith Crenshaw.

PHOTOS BY JIMMY FORRESTER
Colt Crenshaw and Chelsea Nicole Crenshaw are ready to ride in memory of their late father, Keith Crenshaw.

PHOTOS BY JIMMY FORRESTER Awaiting the start of the Keith Crenshaw Memorial Ride are Mitch Jackson, Valerie Crenshaw Palmer and Jackson’s wife, Sara Butler Jackson. Palmer is Crenshaw’s sister and the Jacksons helped coordinate the ride, along with Joe Richards.

PHOTOS BY JIMMY FORRESTER
Awaiting the start of the Keith Crenshaw Memorial Ride are Mitch Jackson, Valerie Crenshaw Palmer and Jackson’s wife, Sara Butler Jackson. Palmer is Crenshaw’s sister and the Jacksons helped coordinate the ride, along with Joe Richards.

Coordinators expressed thanks to all volunteers who donated their time, Eupora PD officers and Chief Gregg Hunter, Mayor Dan Burchfield, Vice Mayor Jerry Garry (alderman-at-large), the city of Eupora and Board of Aldermen, numerous individuals who donated time and monies, Ackerman PD, Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department and Choctaw 911.
They expressed special thanks to the Blue Knights Bike Club of Philadelphia — Blue Knight are all law enforcement.
Businesses who donated to the ride included Piggly Wiggly of Eupora and Mathiston, Fred’s of Eupora, SuperValu of Eupora, Sonic of Eupora Webster Finance of Eupora, Nabors Home Center of Eupora and Walthall Quick Stop.
Bike ride and “E-6” memorial T-shirts are still available by contacting Sara Butler Jackson at 662-552-8432.