TOP PHOTO: It was an impressive turnout for Phillip “Zol” Young’s last ride.

Up South Avenue to Bakers Forge Cemetery, Zol Young’s last ride was special.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Brothers Phillip “Zol” and David Young agreed that the one left behind would ride the other’s motorcycle in his funeral procession. David rode Phillip’s bike earlier today.

For more than 30-years, Zol Young had been a member of the Southern Sons.

On this cold Saturday afternoon, Phillip’s procession made its way from Martin-Wilson Funeral Home to Bakers Forge Cemetery under a blinding winter’s sun. And what a procession it was. Upwards of 100 vehicles, mostly motorcycles, traveled the route in honor of their biker brother. Phillip had been a member of the Southern Sons for more than 30-years.

See Charlie Hutson’s photo gallery HERE.

Upwards of 100 vehicles, mostly motorcycles, traveled the route in honor of their biker brother.

Phillip, 19 months older than David, spent his last birthday in the hospital back in January. He passed away on Valentine’s Day at the age of 71.

Temperatures were in the 30s with wind chills in the 20s as the procession climbed South Avenue hill.

The nickname Zol dates back to the mid-60s when Phillip was 16. An Air Force retiree lived close to the Youngs and knew someone in Kentucky as a child that was named Zolly. He was called Zol ever since.

Zol’s younger brother David followed the caisson through the procession.

“I’d say he rode more miles on a motorcycle than anyone in Campbell County. He was about 14 when we got our first ‘cycles,” said David. The brothers have logged three cross country trips together, and Phillip traveled nine times on his own to South Dakota. “He didn’t have a car for years,” David added.

Recently, David indicated to Phillip that after he was gone he might not ride again. “If the sun’s shining, you better be riding. I expect it,” said Phillip.

It was an impressive turnout for Phillip “Zol” Young’s last ride.

The sun was shining today, and David was riding. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/20/2021-2PM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)

5 Replies to “Zol’s last ride was impressive and unique”

  1. Phillip was a sweet man and cousin. This was an awesome tribute. I’m praying for you David and Sherry.

    1. Thank you for sharing this David for us family that couldn’t be there for the funeral. This is a beautiful and awesome tribute to an incredible man. You and Sherry and all your families and friends will be in my prayers.

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