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Biker Killed in Charity Ride to Honor Another Motorcyclist

Posted January 30, 2007

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— A Fayetteville man was killed on his motorcycle last weekend while he was honoring another biker who died in a crash.

Tom Parent was riding his motorcycle in Fayetteville last month when an SUV crashed into a car that, in turn, hit Parent. He and two other people died in the accident.

Jeff Barfield was honoring the memory of Parent in a charity ride when his own bike ran off Johnson Mill Road northeast of Raeford and into a ditch. The Fort Bragg federal police lieutenant, who was also a retired Hope Mills police sergeant and former Army sergeant first class, was killed.

Witnesses said it appeared Barfield hit a patch of gravel. American flags now mark the ground where Barfield -- nicknamed “Tinker” by his brother, Roger Jackson -- died at 58.

Two hundred bikers were honoring Parent and raising money for the Warrior Foundation, which provides scholarships to children of deceased soldiers.

Jackson said Barfield was a community hero, and his ride to honor Parent was par for the course.

"If something happened in Fayetteville, or something happened to a child, he was 100 percent,” he said. "His heart went out to helping others.”

Friend Willie Jack Poteat rode alongside Barfield during his fatal trip. While Poteat said he likes his Suzuki Intruder just fine, his buddy Tinker was a Harley-Davidson aficionado who loved to work on machines.

“He was always tinkering on things,” Poteat said.

The tears came easily for Poteat on Tuesday as he remembered his friend.

"All the good things he's done for people,” Poteat said. “And he's touched lives, including myself."

A memorial service for Jeff Barfield is set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville.

In 2005, 152 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in North Carolina. Nationwide, more than 4,500 bikers were killed. That number was up 13 percent from 2004, and up 51 percent from 1995. However, there are about 33 percent more motorcyclists on the road now compared with 10 years ago.
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  • babypoohbear22 Jan 31, 2007

    my heart goes out to this family. My husband and I both ride and it is hard on all riders when something happens to "one of our own". God Speed Mr. Barfield.

  • PSPro Jan 31, 2007

    I have been to many wrecks, in that same curve, with the Fire Dept, and our local EMS. It is a very bad curve, not just for bikes, but for cars as well! It is a curve I avoid on my motorcycle.

  • tarheelblue919 Jan 31, 2007

    this goes to show that we must love eachother each and every day. we never know when its our time to go. at least he went doing something he enjoyed, with the wind in his hair & sun on his face....

  • n4cer Jan 30, 2007

    I am a motorcycle rider and have been riding for several years and one thing I have noticed is that even though there are a few wrecks that are caused by faulty equipment and operator error most are cause by people who are driving an automobile and just not paying attention and it just seems to be getting worse and worse I know several fellow riders who have almost been hit by cars because the person in the car just wasnt paying attention maybe one day people will under stand and to my fellow brothers that ride "2 to the ground"