Community and friends remember giving heart of dead motorcyclist
Local bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts continue to mourn the sudden death of Delmar Singleton who was killed after a van plowed into the back of his motorcycle Saturday night at the intersection of Highway 247 and North Davis Drive.
Friends and community members said they will remember the man who touched their lives.
“He was all about people, about helping people, making people feel good," longtime friend, Cheryl Dent said.
Friends and bikers said Singleton rallied the motorcycle community together to become more active in the Middle Georgia area.
"He got us organized, he got us to work and he got us out there doing things, he got our faces out there."
Singleton was District Seven Coordinator for the American Bikers Active Towards Education (ABATE). It’s a nationwide biker organization aiming to educate the public on biker issues and protect riders’ rights.
"He wanted us to be educated in the things that we needed to know about the rules of the road," Dent said. "He wanted other people to be educated about the fact that bikers are on the road and watch out for us."
He recently retired from the Macon Housing Authority and friends said he was planning on riding his Triumph motorcycle across the country. Besides advocating for biker’s rights, he organized the annual "Love Run.” The fundraiser benefited the Georgia Industrial Children's Home and program director Linda Finley said his sense of humor and big heart will be missed by the children.
"For a bigger than life personality, like Delmar, you know to come in with his long beard, his long white beard and white hair you know that was such a thrill for the kids,” Finley said.
The “Love Run” will be this Saturday at 1 p.m. The ride will start at Juniors Junction in Byron and end at AP’s Hidden Hideaway in Macon where Singleton was a regular and ABATE held their meetings. Dent said the ride this year won’t be the same without Singleton leading the pack of cars and bikes.
“It's just ironic that this time of the year when we are here in Thanksgiving and getting geared up for Christmas that somebody who was so giving and loving is being taken from us," Dent said.
Singleton's son came down from Milledgeville on Monday to claim the body. Funeral arrangements are pending. The case is still under investigation by the Houston County Sheriff's Office.