By Sarah Chacko
Killeen Daily Herald
People that knew Ron Hall said his memorial Sunday was just the way he would have wanted it.
He never wanted anyone to be heartbroken or sad, said Texas Proud Custom Cycles owner Wayne Whisenhunt, Halls former partner. He always had a smile on his face underneath that beard.
Hall and his girlfriend, Charla Burleson, were killed in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 6, 2002, on their way to the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D. He was 61.
The roughly 500 bikers that rode in the third annual bike run did so with Halls memory in mind.
He loved a good ride, enjoyed good company and wasnt too far from a Lone Star beer.
If you see a lot of people with Lone Star, you know they were close to him, Whisenhunt said.
Bill White of Killeen said he knew Hall for about 20 years and that the memorial fit the person he was perfectly.
He didnt like people making a fuss over him, he said. This is the way to do it.
The ride, which involved a poker run, went through Killeen, Nolanville, Morgans Point, Belton and ended in Harker Heights.
A oil painting of the Hall, who had a striking resemblance to a member of ZZ Top, was also auctioned off.
Whisenhunt said he anticipated donating about $1,000 to the Killeen Free Clinic from the runs proceeds.
Gary Parker of Killeen, a friend of Halls for about 30 years, said he was staying in the hotel room next to him in Sturgis.
He said he remembered that morning everyone took off to different areas with the intention of meeting back later in the evening.
When Parker returned he said a woman at the bar said his friend with the beard had died.
Not believing that the experienced rider he knew could have been hurt, Parker said it wasnt until one of the other riders came back that he accepted the news.
He said the memorial is a way to say Heres to you to Hall. Youre gone but not forgotten.
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