Second ride, walk, run honors J.T. Pringle Sr.

Every once in a while life offers you the friendship of a person so amazing that you are forever changed. It is that exact sentiment that describes the effect that J.T. Pringle Sr. had on everyone who had the distinct pleasure to call him a friend or a family member. “Reub” as he was affectionately referred to, was a man among men, and it was in his honor that his family hosted the Second Annual J.T. Pringle Sr. Memorial Ride/Walk-Run.

Members of Nu Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. recently participated in the American Heart Association’s Walk in memory of J.T. Pringle Sr. This annual Memorial Walk and Ride is held to raise funds for the Heart Association and to remember the life of Mr. Pringle, the father of AKA member Darlene Wilborn. Pictured left to right: Kneeling is Sheri Bush-Sturgis, Melicent Lucas, and Rakita Gardner. Standing: Shakia Allen, Janay Glover, Jeri Williams, Paula Gant, Dionne Young, Deborah Moore, Mary Heyward, Veronica Miller, Barbara Washington, Carolyn Banner.

More than 100 people came out to the Lady’s Island St. Helena Fire District Headquarters to ride their bike 30 plus miles through St. Helena where Mr. Pringle spent so many years, or walk the 5K from the station to the very home that Reub raised an amazing family and resided until his passing. It was a very poignant tribute to the man and a terrific message of personal health shared with all who attended.
The day was perfect in weather and rich in love as Rashaard Pringle and Larry Owensby Jr.  finished first and second in the run, followed by Ronald Pringle and Pamela Pringle who finished first and second in the walk. The events aimed at raising personal health awareness, culminated in a stirring tribute to its name sake amongst local health presenters who came out to share their respective messages.
Many thanks are offered to everyone who came out that day to honor Rueb and the public is invited to come next October for the third annual event.

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