Memorial ride, public service for Don Tilley scheduled for Sunday September 7th

SUNDAY SEP 7th MEMORIAL RIDE AND SERVICE IN HONOR OF DON TILLEY. Please join us as we honor our beloved Don Tilley. Bikes leave at 3:30 pm from Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury. Bikes leave at 5:00pm from Tilley Harley-Davidson of Statesville. Police escorted ride to Statesville High School. Memorial Service is at 6:30pm. Call: 704-872-3883 for more information.Don_Tilly_MR

A memorial motorcycle ride will be held early Sunday evening in Statesville for Don Tilley, who was killed in a cycle accident last Friday on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville.

Tilley, 78, was the popular owner of the Tilley Harley-Davidson dealerships in Statesville and Salisbury.

Tilley’s wife, Robinette, was critically injured in the same motorcycle crash that killed her husband. She has undergone several surgeries and remains hospitalized in Asheville.

“She has been strong throughout all of this,” said Tracy Edwards, general manager of the Salisbury dealership and a longtime employee and friend of the couple. “She’s a tough lady who loves her family and her business.”

If weather permits, the Sunday memorial service will be held outside in the high school stadium. Otherwise, it will be in the school auditorium.

Speakers at the service are expected to include well-known NASCAR drivers Kyle Petty and Donnie Allison. Mike Helton, president of NASCAR, also will say a few words.

Much of Tilley’s personal and business history is intertwined with stock car and motorcycle racing and in helping charities.

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Tilley with Kyle Petty at Victory Junction

He co founded Kyle Petty charity ride across America, which he had participated in the past 20 years. That ride benefits the Victory Junction Gang Camp for children with chronic illnesses.

The Tilley Harley-Davidson stores will be closed all day Monday, when an 11 a.m. Mass will be held for Tilley at Saint Philip the Apostle Catholic Church for family and close friends. A graveside service also will be held later at Iredell Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Edwards said Salisbury’s Tilley Harley-Davidson will close at 3 p.m. Sunday, and any motorcycle riders from here who want to participate in the memorial ride in Statesville will be setting out from the dealership on Bendix Drive at 3:30 p.m.

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Don Tilley & wife, Robinette

Those who own Harley-Davidson motorcycles would tell you they are a breed apart.

“Buying a Harley is like joining a family,” said one visitor at Tilley Harley-Davidson in Statesville. “And this is like losing a kind father figure.”

That father figure, of course, is Harley legend and Statesville native Don Tilley, who was killed Friday night when he lost control of his motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville.

His wife, Robinette, was critically injured in the accident and is being treated at an Asheville hospital where family and close friends have gathered to hold vigil.

Roger and Sheryl Piggot were also at Tilley on Labor Day. They were on a ride from their hometown of Toronto, Canada when they heard the news of the wreck.

The couple said the Tilleys are well known and greatly respected in the Harley community.

“No one I have ever met has a more giving heart than Robinette,” said Sheryl Piggot. “They both are just really wonderful people,” added her husband.

The Piggots have been working on a television project called “America Riding,” of which the Tilleys have been sponsors.

Roger Piggot said plans that originally included making the Tilleys and their contribution to motorcycling a portion of one of the episodes have been changed so that the entire show will be about them and their stores: both in Statesville and Salisbury.

“The stores and the Tilleys have been instrumental in so much that we think it’s the right thing to do,” Piggot said.

Donna Henderson worked for the Tilleys for years from her early 20s into her 40s and said that kind of familial relationship was true among employees.

“Both Don and Robinette were wonderful, wonderful people,” Henderson who moved to Myrtle Beach a decade ago and said she was shocked to hear the news of the Tilleys’ accident. “Anything they could do for you, they did it. And when customers came in, it was like they had known them their whole lives. They were just really great, nice people.”

Family and friends are hosting a “Memorial Ride and Service in Honor of Don Tilley” on Sunday.

Those who wish take part may gather at either of the stores. In Statesville. “kick stands up” at 5 p.m., and in Salisbury an hour earlier.

Riders will have police escort from the stores to Statesville High School, where a service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

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Obituary

William Donald ‘Don’ Tilley

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STATESVILLE – William Donald “Don” Tilley, of Statesville died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, while doing what he enjoyed the most … riding his Harley, with the one he loved the most, his wife Robinette.

He was born Jan. 19, 1936, in the home of his parents, William Marion Tilley and Leona Ruth Perry Tilley, who preceded him in death.

Being born to a humble beginning never stopped Don from seeing a life to live and live it to the fullest.

Faithful-Honest-Charitable-Friendly-Dedicated with a huge heart toward any who were less fortunate, Don lived his life full out!

He married the love of his life Robinette Clark Tilley on July 23, 1961, who survives him, along with their three children, Donna Tilley, Denise LeVan (Terry), Derek Tilley; and five grandchildren, Cortney Toothaker (Michael), Kyle Pierce, Chase LeVan, Chance LeVan, and Chandler LeVan; and one great-grandchild due in September (Cortney’s child).

Don knew early on that his love of speed, cars, motorcycles, racing, and engineering would always be a part of his life and that it was! In 1972 Don and Robinette opened up Tilley Harley Davidson and little did he know the ripple effect that he would have in the life of so many. Don knew the many facets of the industry and how they could affect other people. Whether he was speaking to a first-time rider or a seasoned motorcycle enthusiast, Don could truly relate to any and all.

Don was always the visionary for the business. He and Robinette worked so closely to keep Tilley Harley Davidson in the forefront of the community, and in 1999 they expanded to Salisbury where their second dealership is located.

Don Tilley was truly a legend in the eyes of so many. So many people confidently called him friend. Don’s ability to share his many gifts and talents is what makes him a true legend.

Don used his great accomplishments to affect the lives of others. He had great passion for charity: proudly co-founding the Kyle Petty charity ride across America, which he had participated in for the last 20 years; supporting Victory Junction Gang Camp (which helps children with chronic medical conditions); Rolling Thunder (a veteran support nonprofit group); Barium Springs Home for Children; Fallen Firefighters; Tribute to the Troops; and the schools anti-drug program D.A.R.E. These are just a few on the list of many.

Don faithfully attended his church, Saint Philips The Apostle Catholic Church along with his family. Don was always in attendance with his fellow classmates of Statesville High School ’54 as they would gather for a meal once a month.

Don and Robinette were honored last week in Nashville, Tenn., at the International Harley Davidson Summer Dealer meeting, where they received the prestigious Gold Bar and Shield Award which was given by Harley Davidson Motor Company. This award is one among so many the family has been honored with. Whether it was a small local gathering or a large event, Don would treat any gathering with the same enthusiasm that was so contagious to all who were around.

The heritage this man Don Tilley leaves behind will be cherished by his family and friends for many generations to come.

Don is also survived by his sister, Rachel Kale (Dan); a brother, Richard Tilley; nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Janie Tilley, Janice Beeson (Joe), Raymond Tilley (Diane), and Arnold Tilley (Gail).

Service and Memorial Ride: A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Statesville High School Stadium starting at 6:30 p.m. A Memorial ride will leave from Tilley Harley Davidson at 5 p.m. Sunday to ride from the Dealership, on to Gardner Bagnal Boulevard, on to North Center Street, then to the Statesville High School Stadium.

Mass: On Monday Sept. 8 at 11 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Philip The Apostle Catholic Church for family and close friends. Following the service there will be a grave side service at Iredell Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. A police escort will allow riders to assemble and ride from the church to the burial site.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Victory Junction Gang Camp, in honor of Don Tilley.

Online condolences can be made to the family at http://www.nicholsonfunerals.com/obituaries and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the needs of the Tilley family.
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Duke vs. UNC game postponed due to winter weather

Duke vs. UNC game postponed due to winter weather! #raypublishing

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The rivalry matchup between Duke and North Carolina has been postponed due to inclement winter weather.

The game was scheduled to be played at the Dean Smith Center at 9 p.m.

A strong winter storm has slammed most of North Carolina and is expected to persist into the overnight hours and into Thursday for some areas.

A makeup date for the game has not been scheduled.

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Dixie Classic Fair October 4th – 13th

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Mark your calendars for the Dixie Classic Fair. Friday, October 4th – Sunday, October 13, 2013.  From famous fried foods & Ferris wheels to 4-H & fireworks – it’s the 2nd largest agricultural Fair in NC & fun for the whole family.  Advance Tickets and Ride Cards are on sale at Lowes Foods, Dixie Classic Fair Annex Box Office and TicketMaster. Buy early and save!

Adults (ages 12 & up) – $7
Children (ages 6–11) – $3
Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65+, with ID) – Free
Up to 25% savings with advance purchase.
Advance Ride Card Prices
Ride Card with 30 tickets – $10

What should we name Mr. Gopher?

MR. GOPHER IS EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING DIXIE CLASSIC FAIR, BUT HE WANTS A NAME.

WBFJ will be hosting Free Fair Concert

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Again this year WBFJ will be hosting Free Fair Concert.  This year features Mandisa & Brandon Heath!
WED OCT 9th @ 7:30PM @ the Grandstand Stage.

WBFJ FM website 

MANDISA website
“Overcomer” Video – Watch HERE

BRANDON HEATH website
“Love Does” Video – Watch HERE

WBFJ “HEAVENLY LAYERED CAKE” Contest : October 11 @ 7:00pm

1st Place – $150
2nd Place wins: $100
3rd Place wins: $50

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Special Days

Wendy’s/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Promotion Days

Friday, October 4, Monday, October 7,  Tuesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 10
Pick up a coupon at participating Wendy’s, pay Fair gate admission, bring coupon to Midway Ticket Booth, redeem coupon and $25 for ID to ride all day.  ($30 without coupon).

For a list of participating Wendy’s Locations, click here.

School Day

Monday, October 7 – Gates open at 9:00 am for Students
Students (Preschool thru Grade 5) are admitted free until 2:00. One adult per six children are admitted free.

Senior Adult Day

Tuesday, October 8 – Gates open at 9:00 am for Seniors
Adults age 65 years and over, admitted FREE all week with proper ID. Aides assisting Seniors are free on this Senior Adult Day only. Special Fun Events for Seniors begin at 10:00 am.

Special Education Day

Wednesday, October 9 – Gates open at 9:00 am for Special Education students
Free Admission for persons with disabilities.

Lowe’s Foods Day

Wednesday, October 9 – Gates open at 11:00 am for the Public
Bring 5 cans or 5 boxes of non-perishable Lowe’s Foods house brand food and receive free admission

Winston-Salem Journal Family Days

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13

Hours:  Saturday, October 12, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 13, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Kids age 7 and under can ride all of the Strates Shows Kiddieland Rides (all rides subject to height safety restrictions) for $10.00 (excluding pony rides).

FREE with paid admission to the fair OR 5 cans/boxes of LOWES brand non-perishable foods.

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For more information about the Dixie Classic Fair you can like them on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/dcfair or at the official DC Fair website @ http://www.dcfair.com/

Mayberry Days September 26-29, 2013 Mount Airy, North Carolina

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Mayberry Days is a festival for the whole family with activities and events for the fans who long for the days when life was simple and the sheriff didn’t carry a gun. Enjoy a bottle of pop while playing checkers, relax to music from many local bands playing the same songs that Andy grew up with and performed on The Andy Griffith Show.

Special Guests

The special guests attending this year will include Betty Lynn, Roland White, Peggy McCay, James Best, Maggie Peterson, Elizabeth MacRae, George Spence, Morgan Brittany, LeRoy McNees, Margaret Kerry,  Karen Knotts and George Lindsey, Jr.   We will update the website if additional guests are confirmed.

Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou

Roland White
The Country Boys
“Mayberry on Record”

James Best
Jim Lindsey

Karen Knotts
Actress, Comedian and daughter of Don Knotts

Morgan Brittany
(Suzanne Cupito)
Mary Alice Carter

George Lindsey, Jr.
Actor and son of George “Goober” Lindsey

George Spence
Frank the Fiance’

Peggy McCay
Sharon DeSpain

Maggie Peterson
Charlene Darling

Margaret Kerry
Helen Scoby and Bess Muggins

Elizabeth MacRae
Betty Parker (TAGS)
LouAnn Poovie (Gomer Pyle, USMC)

LeRoy McNees
Country Boys
“Mayberry on Record”

Event

Venue

Date

Price

“The Emmett” Forrest Mayberry Days Golf Tournament with Dinner and Entertainment Cross Creek Country Club September 26th at 12:00 pm $95
Mayberry Days Golf Dinner and Entertainment Cross Creek Country Club September 26th at 4:30 pm $50
Band of Oz (tickets at gate or SAC Season Pass) Blackmon Amphitheatre September 26th at 8:00  pm $15
Karen Knotts “Tied Up in Knotts” EARLE Theatre September 27th at 12:30 pm $15
“Best In Hollywood” with James Best EARLE Theatre September 27th at 4:15 pm $15
Doug Dillard Memorial Concert featuring
The Roland White Band – Matinee
Andy Griffith Playhouse September 27th at 2:00 pm $25
Doug Dillard Memorial Concert featuring
The Roland White Band – Evening
Andy Griffith Playhouse September 27th at 7:00 pm $25
The Tams (tickets at gate) Blackmon Amphitheatre September 27th at 7:30 pm $15
VW Boys “Salute To Mayberry” EARLE Theatre September 27th at 9:30 pm $10
Colonel Tim’s Talent Time Matinee Andy Griffith Playhouse September 28th at 2:30 pm $25
Professor Brower’s Lecture / TAGSRWC Meeting EARLE Theatre September 28th at 2:00 pm $10
Michael Hoover’s “Memories of Elvis” EARLE Theatre September 28th at 7:00 pm $15/$20
Colonel Tim’s Talent Time Andy Griffith Playhouse September 28th at 7:30 pm $25
All ticket sales are non-refundable. Venues are subject to change.

For more information visit the official Mayberry Days website! www.mayberrydays.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mayberrydaysfestival

20 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway closed due to large crack in road

20 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway closed due to large crack in road

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Officials said 20 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed due to a large crack running down its center in Buncombe County.

The road is closed from Milepost 375 to Milepost 355 at N.C. 128 near Mount Mitchell State Park.

The crack is about 6’ deep and 100’ long, officials said.

Park rangers believe it opened up because of the recent amounts of rain.

The bank below the roadway is also starting to slide.

“Safety for visitors and the public, we’re not sure how much more this is (going to) move or if we’re (going to) lose the whole surface up here. And then further we’ve had maintenance supervisors out here today on site. We’ve got engineers coming in to do an assessment.”

Officials are not sure when the Parkway will reopen.

July is typically the second-busiest month for the Parkway.

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