One day after a 21-year-old Canton man was killed in a motorcycle wreck, a restaurant in the Free Home community scheduled a benefit for Saturday to help his family.
Uncle Peppers Pizza on Highway 20 has announced a car and truck show Saturday to benefit the family of Brandon Lyon, who was killed Wednesday when he lost control of his motorcycle on Epperson Road in Canton.
The fundraiser begins at 3 p.m. and will have a $10 entry fee, said Jessica Ray, general manager of Uncle Peppers.
All proceeds will go to Lyon’s parents, she said.
Ray said she and her friends knew Lyon well.
“We’ve all known him our whole lives,” she said. “We’ve been in this small town forever.”
He was a dear friend to Ray’s boyfriend and a “great person,” she said.
Work to plan Saturday’s benefit began Wednesday night when Ray and others friends of Lyon gathered with his parents.
“We (thought) ‘We need to do something,’” to benefit the family, she said.
The event is a car and truck show in honor of one of Lyon’s greatest loves, his truck.
“He loved trucks, and his is one that’s been worked on and is a lot better than most stock vehicles, so out of appreciation for him and the things he enjoyed (we decided) to do a car and truck show,” Ray said.
Funeral arrangements had not been set for Lyon as of press time Thursday, but Ray said she hopes the fundraiser will help his parents pay the bill.
Lyon was driving his motorcycle on Epperson Road on Wednesday when he lost control and hit a telephone pole, said Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson Tim Cavender.
Emergency workers performed CPR at the scene of the crash, but the attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, he said.
Lyon was pronounced dead on the scene, Cavender said.