Daniel Ray Willis loved life to the fullest and made an impact on everyone he met. He lost his life on September 15, 2017, at the age of 29, in an automobile accident. Upon his passing, a non-profit charity in his honor was established named The Daniel Ray Willis Memorial Fund. The charities mission statement is “To keep alive the name and spirit of a beloved son, nephew and best friend of many, by raising funds to provide financial assistance to children and families in need who are affected by illness, injury, disability or death in this way, he will continue to touch people’s lives; his heart will ever beat and ride will never end.” The Daniel Ray Willis Memorial Fund is a non-profit corporation created to keep alive the name and spirit of a beloved son, nephew, and best friend of many, by raising funds to provide financial assistance to children and families in need who are affected by illness, injury, disability or death in this way, he will continue to touch people’s lives; his heart will ever beat and ride will never end.
The Daniel Ray Willis Car and Bike Show was established 4 years ago by the organization in honor of Daniel as an annual event. This year’s show was an overwhelming success and raised $5,874.00. Every year a portion of the proceeds are donated to a local charity; this year’s charity was Eagle’s Wings. Eagle’s Wings is a non-profit organization helping adults with developmental disabilities. The 70 entries in the show don’t pay an entry fee, but donations were accepted. Attendees of the car show voted on their favorites, and winners were announced. Eddie Pinegar Won Best Of Show for his 2015 GMC Denali 2500. The winners for the show were Derrick Hill, Jackie Austin, Johnny Capps Sr., Justin Walker, Josh Barnhill, Craig Sparks, Wally Smith, Tori Lynn, Brent Cochran, Ken Bonds, Todd Battle, Derrick Pickle, Johnny Cappps Jr., Jeff Capps, Mike McFarland, Richard Jett, Jonathan Hicks, William Chambliss, Wayne Garris, Kenny Addy, Glen White, Hunter Alexander, Nathan Lon, and George Sadowski. The show was hosted by Creative Images and sponsored by Bessemer Town & Country Ford, Carl Burchfield State Farm, America First Credit Union, Aardwolf Termite & Pest Control-Concord, Passmore Automotive-Hueytown, and The Point-Warrior River. A great many volunteers made this year’s car show possible.
Don’t miss next year’s show by following the Daniel Ray Willis Memorial Fund on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Daniel-Ray-Willis-Memorial-Fund.