Biker Dad: Their sons died in tragic accidents, now two mothers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Biker Dad: Their sons died in tragic accidents, now two mothers are asking for one thing

Richard Deaton (Source: Family) Richard Deaton (Source: Family)
Bryan Matthews (Source: Family) Bryan Matthews (Source: Family)
June 19th "The Station" June 19th "The Station"

Two men...both on motorcycles were killed at the same intersection six years apart. Both crashes happened on Highway 51 and North Watkins in the Frayser area of Memphis.

The families of Richard Deaton and Bryan Mathews were changed forever after those sudden losses. But since both were organ donors they gave the gift of life even after their deaths.

On June 19th, there will be a ride to remember the two men and raise awareness in support of organ donation.

"It's not a day that goes by that I don't miss my son," with pain and pride in her eyes Brenda Deaton remembers her son Richard, an avid motorcycle rider from Millington. He died at the intersection of Highway 51 and Watkins this past March, "There was a tragic accident at the end of the day." 

An emotional plea from Richard's mother:

Investigators say a driver made an illegal left turn and crashed into Deaton. He later died at the hospital.

"He loved life so much, and I am proud of the choices he made," Brenda Deaton told me. One of his lasting choices. was becoming an organ donor. It allowed him, in a way, to give the gift of life after his sudden death.

"There's no greater gift that we can give than to give someone life," Erskine Gillespie of the Mid-South Organ Transplant Foundation told me. 

Gillespie got a liver transplant 21 years ago after being told he had just days to live. Now he works for the Mid-South Organ Transplant Foundation bringing awareness to organ donation.

"Every ten minutes of the day, somebody is being told by their doctor unless they get an organ transplant, they're going to die," Gillespie said.

Erskine Gillespie's transplant story:

More than 100 bikers got together for Richard Deaton's funeral procession. His mother and the mother of Bryan Matthews hope that even more bikers show up for the June 19th "Ace of Hearts Poker Run."

The ride will raise money for the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, raise awareness for organ donation, and even register riders to become donors. 

June 19th is a special date for Deaton's mother. It would have been his 29th birthday.

"I know he'll be smiling down and be so honored that everyone's come out to honor him," Mrs. Deaton said.

The ride starts at The Station in Atoka and will end at The Haystack in Millington

You can find more information on the ride by clicking here.

Pre-register for the ride and get a free patch here.

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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