The roar of the bikes faded in the distance and our hearts were touched by many fond memories of Harley-Davidson bikes, rides and events. It’s a sound we will always treasure because it stirs the heart of every bike rider, present or past.

On June 2, as we stood with our family at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home and watched more than 50 Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders follow in a procession to Arbor Grove Methodist Church, we realized that this was the end of an era for us. The ride of tribute was for Everette Lyall Jr., who ran the Carolina Cycle Shop on Boone Trail. Though he no longer had the Harley-Davidson dealership, he still was widely respected by bikers who rode Harleys as well as other types of motorcycles.

Reflecting back on the years when Everette Lyall Sr. was the Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer, folks from around the county had many stories to tell of the mechanical skills of Mr. Lyall and the fair way that he and Junior ran the business. The bikers and their families were not just customers but became life-long friends.

On behalf of the Lyall family, we want to thank all who rode in the procession. You’ll always be a part of our memories of the Lyall motorcycle era. May God bless each of you.


North Wilkesboro, N.C.

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