obituaries

A brother remembers a highway hero

Billy A. Henry Sr. of Cross County, Ark., was under an oversize load near El Paso, Texas, on Monday, May 9, when he passed of a heart attack. The trooper on the scene determined his actions neatly parking the rig amounted to absolute heroism. Henry's trucking brother remembers him here.

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‘Country Dan’ Dixon, formerly of XM radio, passed on last month

"Country Dan Dixon," formerly a primary voice of XM's "America" Channel 10 from the satellite radio broadcaster's first days on the air, passed on at age 67 in late January.

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Bob Baylor of Indiana-based Baylor Trucking — March 7, 1948-Oct. 25, 2015

Second-generation head of Baylor Trucking, Robert “Bob” Baylor, 67, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015. Bob was born March 7, 1948, in Batesville, Ind.

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Remembering a husband and hero

According to this account by Dalene Davies-Smoot, Bob Smoot's widow, Smoot, gunned down at work as a small fleet operator, was a true driver's friend and advocate. "Next to his family, Bob loved his drivers and the industry."

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Bobby Bright’s final ride: June 15, 1945-Oct. 10, 2012

Remembering Virginia-based hauler Bobby Bright, memorialized by his son Robert with a final big-rig ride to his final resting place October 16, 2012, at Madison Garden Cemetery in Madison, Va.

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A wife’s tribute to her longtime owner-operator

Owner-operator Clive Hemmings passed away during a run to Florida on September 30, 2011. His wife, Valerie, offers up this poem to his memory. He will be missed.

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R.I.P. Sheriff ‘Cottonmouth’ — Ernest Borgnine dead at 95

The trucking-film classic "Convoy" costar played a sherriff who used CB subterfuge in attempts to undermine a group of protesting haulers in the 1970s Sam Peckinpah flick.

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Former Overdrive editor, actor Charles Napier passes on

Character actor and former Overdrive editor Charles Napier passed away at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Napier's perhaps best known for his role as one of the Good Old Boys in the Blues Brothers film as well as an intelligence officer in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Rambo: First Blood Part II. But he served as an Overdrive editor at a time when the magazine's popularity and profile among the nation's owner-operators ...

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Fred: Memorializing one long-hauling dog

Condolences to Overdrive 2010 Trucker of the Year, owner-operator Mike "Mustang" Crawford, whose dog Fred passed away early this morning. She was 12 and some years old. "It's a rough day for me, " Crawford said. Fred had been running freight for Prime Inc. with Crawford for the better part of 2 million miles, all logged in Crawford's 1994 Freightliner. "I bet you there ain't another dog in history that's had that in the same truck." Crawford ...

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