Walt Williams Golden Deeds Ride set for Saturday

By ELANE JONES, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 4/28/17

The Eighth Annual Walt Williams Golden Deeds Ride and Concert will be held Saturday at Restoration Hall in downtown Jasper.

The event is held each year in memory of Walt Williams, who died in a motorcycle accident in January 2010. Williams is described by his family and friends as a selfless pillar of his community who worked very hard for the people of Walker County. It’s only fitting that those same family and friends have worked hard to keep his civic-minded ideals alive with this special ride.

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Walt Williams Golden Deeds Ride set for Saturday

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The Eighth Annual Walt Williams Golden Deeds Ride and Concert will be held Saturday at Restoration Hall in downtown Jasper.

The event is held each year in memory of Walt Williams, who died in a motorcycle accident in January 2010. Williams is described by his family and friends as a selfless pillar of his community who worked very hard for the people of Walker County. It’s only fitting that those same family and friends have worked hard to keep his civic-minded ideals alive with this special ride.

“Walt was a legend of his own kind. With him, there was never a dull moment,” said Williams’ widow Rhonda, said. “He always did things for others selflessly, thanklessly and anonymously. He would do anything that was needed to help others - whether it was buying groceries for people in need, helping the elderly or welding for churches. And we, his family and friends, want to continue to do his golden deeds in his memory as a way to give back to the community he loved.”

Mrs. Williams said registration for the annual poker ride will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Restoration Hall, with the ride kicking off at 11 a.m. The poker ride is open to trucks, cars and motorcycles and the entry fee is $20 per vehicle. The ride participants will visit a number of stops in and around Jasper — Greentop, River Cafe, Midnight Special and Warehouse 319 — before making their way back to Restoration Hall, where a post-ride concert will be held at 6 p.m.

This year’s concert will feature a variety of local musicians who have donated their time and equipment to this worthy cause. The concert lineup kicks off with Junior Uptain performing from 6 until 7 p.m., followed by Barry and Larry with Sparky from 7:15 until 8:15, Ernie McClinton from 8:30 until 9:30, Phil Austin from 9:45 until 10:45, and Smashley from 11 until midnight.

Admission for those who wish to attend the concert, but not participate in the poker ride, will be $10 per person. Concessions will also be available at the concert.

“We also have T-shirts, which highlight the benefit ride, for sale. It cost $20 for short sleeve and $25 for long sleeve and they are available for purchase at Bare Bones Cargo in Jasper,” Mrs. Williams said. “We’re also selling $10 tickets on a drawing for a 15 1/2 foot canoe, four tickets to Rock the South and 2 VIP tickets to the Chris Stapleton Concert.”

She said all the donations collected by the ride and concert will be used by the Walt Williams Golden Deed Fund to assist residents throughout the community in numerous ways, as well as provide college scholarships to local students through the fund.

“This is not just a bike ride, it is a family recreation event — the type Walt would have cherished,” she said. “This community has really came out and supported us over the years, and this has allowed us to give back in so many ways.”

Mrs. Williams said a total of 168 participants registered for last year’s ride and they are hoping for the same success again this year.

For more information about the Walt Williams Golden Deed Ride and Concert, call 205-275-0681 or 205-275-0991.