Losing an important member of the community is always a difficult time, but for those whose lives were lived in service of others and who truly made a difference in the world around them, their loss is not something to mourn without hope—it’s a time to celebrate all that they were and to continue the work that they did. In an effort to do just that, Appleton Harley-Davidson hosted their first Motorcycle Gala on October 27, using the event to honor and celebrate the memory of the beloved Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr., a special man whose life was a clear representation of selflessness and love. With all proceeds benefiting the Tabernacle Christian School, Pastor Terry’s passion for the youth was given a focus he would have loved to see, and attendees were given the opportunity to continue his efforts of feeding into the hearts, minds, and souls of the students who so greatly need love and guidance.
Rolling out the Orange Carpet while their "paparazzi" Joe Padula welcomed guests as they entered the dealership and then got their photos taken by Arlene Roberts Photography, everyone was treated to the spectacle of having their drinks poured in a stunning display of dramatic flair and showmanship by aerial bartenders from Beyond Wings Circus, an elite team of aerial flyers and visual entertainment artists whose acts have gained them wide acclaim. An event attended by County Mayor Jim Durrett and Mayor Kim McMillan as well as State Representative Joe Pitts, the Gala proved just what a presence Pastor Jimmy was in the community. While Pastor Terry's wife Mrs. Servella Terry felt the love all around her, singers performed, and a before-dinner prayer was led by Pastor Terry’s son, Jimmy Terry, Jr. The delicious meal was prepared by owner Danny Suiter, followed by a dessert bar along with beer donated by Budweiser.
In business since 1952 and now in the hands of its fourth generation of family owners, Appleton Harley-Davidson has long been a company committed to supporting the needs of the community; and by hosting the Gala, owners Danny and Tia Suiter have shown that, even after his passing, Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr., was a man whose journey in life rolled gloriously toward loving all and planting a seed. “The city of Clarksville is one of the most blessed cities there will ever be because it had Pastor Terry. He was more than just a pastor—he was a shepherd, and we were his flock,” says Tia. “He was everywhere all the time, even within the motorcycle clubs. He united our town and brought us all together, and we should be forever thankful that we live our lives in the community that he so richly blessed. His life was a testimony of great servanthood and leadership that made an impact on us all.”