Residents participate in ATV donation ride

A host of local residents recently gathered to ride their all-terrain vehicles through Coalton in memory of a Beverly man who lost his life after a battle with cancer.

More than 50 riders assembled at the Coalton Elementary School parking lot at 9:30 a.m. March 3. Refreshments were served and donations were accepted to help the family of Dennis McSpadden, 32, of Beverly, with funeral costs.

Arrangements for the ride were made by Timothy “Bunji” Elmore, of Elkins. He said the McSpadden family was overwhelmed by the support they received.

“They couldn’t thank anybody enough,” Elmore said.

He said $470 dollars in donations were given on Sunday.

In addition, sales of a T-shirt designed by Elmore and sold by Marlene White brought in additional funds, though Elmore could not quote the exact amount. More than 300 people purchased the shirts for $15 a piece, he said.

He said shirts were decorated with the image of a bear and the phrase “I’m Not Going Down Without a Fight.” They were printed at T.D.’s Classic Tees, in Elkins.

The route traversed by the riders began at Coalton Elementary School, went up Rich Mountain, through Kingsville and Jimtown and ended back at the school, Elmore said. In total, riders covered approximately 35 miles of trails.

A portion of the donations was given by the family to the Cancer Care Center in Elkins, Elmore added.