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“Live to Ride, Ride to Remember”

Photo by Shari Harris

Benefit and ride organizer Tracy Mordis is with two of her grandsons, Glennie Mordis, left, and Michael Mordis, on the right.

By Shari Harris

Co-Publisher

Saturday, August 10, the Mordis family and friends held the Fourth Annual Anthony/Michael Mordis Memorial Ride in memory of Anthony Mordis, in conjunction with a benefit for Michael Mordis, who was born four months after his father’s death. Bikers and drivers gathered in Cahokia, Ill. and in Branson to begin the trip to Licking, where Anthony Mordis had lived. This year, fourteen motorcycles and 2 cars made the trek southwest, and three motorcycles and three cars headed northeast from Branson.
By mid-afternoon, the two groups met at the Old City Park in Licking, where bounce houses, barbecue, and music awaited. Johnny Collier and the Misbehaviators drove in from Alabama to perform, and Collier’s brand of rockin’ country was a hit with those attending.
Photo by Shari Harris

Johnny Collier and the Misbehaviators entertained with some rocking country music Saturday.
A 50/50 raffle was held, along with a Branson vacation raffle and a silent auction, all to raise money for a fund for Michael Mordis, Anthony’s son. L.E. Smith of Collinsville, Ill. donated several items of jewelry to the auction, including a very nice ring. Other sponsors included Curt’s Mobile Homes, Hollister Asphalt Paving, and Crockett’s Car Wash, and were displayed prominently on this years t-shirt, which carried this year’s theme, “Live to Ride, Ride to Remember.”
Ride/benefit organizer Tracy Mordis is Michael’s grandmother. She lives in Branson now, as does Michael, who moved there with his mother and stepfather from Licking two months ago. Tracy Mordis loves to come back to Licking every year to meet with Anthony’s friends and celebrate the life of her son. Michael will turn four next month, and though he has no memories of his father, perhaps he will come to know him through these annual get-togethers with family and friends.

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