Ride set to honor fallen hero, raise funds for scholarship

By Angela Jones

The 15th annual Memorial Scholarship Motorcycle Ride in honor of fallen Marine Cpl. Jonathan Williams Bowling will be held on Saturday, April 27.


Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Patrick County High School (215 Cougar Lane) in Stuart. The day will feature live music, food and door prizes. A 50/50 raffle for a motorcycle giveaway also will be held. The ride is open to bikes, cars, and truck, with a registration of $15 per vehicle.

Each entrant also is automatically registered for a free gun giveaway. Trophies will be awarded for the farthest traveled bike and many more.

Rain or shine, the ride will leave the high school at noon, following the same route as in previous years and ending at the gravesite.

A Martinsville Police officer and Marine, Bowling dedicated his life to serving others. He also served as a firefighter and was an elder at his church.

All proceeds will benefit the Cpl. Jonathan W. Bowling Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was created by the Chapter 11 Red Knights Motorcycle Club to preserve his memory following Bowling’s death on Jan. 26, 2005, while deployed in Iraq.

Each year, the scholarship provides funds to a Patrick County High School student who enrolls in a public service field at Patrick Henry Community College.

Donations are welcome even if unable to attend the event. Make checks payable to the Cpl. Jonathan W. Bowling Memorial Scholarship Fund and mail to Cpl. Jonathan Bowling Memorial Scholarship Fund/PHCC, 645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, Va., 24112.

For more information, call Darrell Bowling at (276) 692-7021; Kim Bowling at (336) 978-2786, Corky Hall at (276) 634-7799 or visit www.cpljonathanbowling.us.

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