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Motorcyclists Pay Tribute to Opie Michael Wall

By Jordan Hall
By jhall@wbbjtv.com

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. -- The motorcyclist killed in a crash involving a drunk driver this weekend in Paris is laid to rest Thursday.

Michael Wall, known best as 'Opie', was honored at his funeral by more than 100 riders from all over West Tennessee, who gathered for a moving tribute.

"It's unexplainable. It's just bad. It's just something you hope nobody else ever has to go through.. it's just a bad situation," said Brent Phifer. The crash happened right in front of him Sunday.

Thursday, fellow riders paid their last respects.

"To show our respects, we come together today, just to get together and ride one last time with him," said close friend Ronnie Douglas.

These riders know their hobby comes with a certain element of danger, and hope drivers take heed of bikers sharing the road with them, so another friend isn't lost.

"He was the type of guy that would do anything you say and all you had to do was ask," said Phifer.

Scott Berry and Sissy Higdon considered Wall as part of their family. Berry says his 'brother' leaves behind a big legacy, and this tribute is just a small show of appreciation.

"He'll be smiling today", explained Berry, "He smiled all the time, but he will really be smiling today."

Troopers arrested Suzanne Fowlkes right after the wreck. She was booked in the Henry County jail on a count of D.U.I.