WILLIAMSON - A memorial event is planned for tomorrow evening in honor of a 22-year-old man who was killed while a passenger in a drunk driving accident last month.
Adam “Porky” York, of Hardy, Ky., was in a Toyota SUV with three other men: Zach Smith, Josh Miller and an as-of-yet unidentified by police, fourth man, when the driver apparently lost control. Miller is believed to have been driving the vehicle when the accident happened, but the case is still under investigation by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department.
The memorial will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. at the softball field beside the Williamson Community Center in West End.
Adam was a 2008 graduate of Belfry High School. He was an outfielder for the school’s baseball team. He worked for Norfolk Southern railroad as a conductor.
His aunt, Bessie Hunt, told the Daily news that she expected no less than 200 people in attendance for the event called “Light the Night for Adam,” which would feature musical entertainment, food, friends and family speaking about Adam and the release of lit Japanese lanterns to “light the night.”
“He is loved and missed, he was a good young man,” Hunt said of her nephew.
Adam’s mother, Robin, told the Daily News that this event makes her feel “overwhelmed, but not surprised because of the young man I knew he was.”
“Anyone he came into contact with, he left an impression,” Robin said. “If you weren’t smiling when he met you, you were when he left.”
Looking at Adam’s Facebook page shows the impressions he left. Glancing through his wall shows many people leaving messages for Adam, with the most recent addition being posted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday:
“…I hope that you can see some how if u can just take a glance down here an see how many ppl cared and loved u and how many ppl miss you and how many hearts you have touched even if it was just a simple smile or a funny joke!!” one person wrote. “We ALL miss you pork!! (sic)”
Another person posted a video from YouTube on the same day at around 5:30 p.m. It was Tracy Lawrence performing ‘The Singer:’
“heard this new song the other day and all i could think about was you…love and miss you brother (sic),” the person wrote along with the posted video.
“He was an outstanding young man,” Robin said. “He had a good career ahead of him. He was outstanding at anything he went at. He showed much love and received much love.”
Robin had written a poem in remembrance of her son and read it to the Daily News.
The poem began, “Our son, our angel, our sunshine,” and ended with “If people didn’t know the true meaning of love, they were sure to know the meaning of it after they left his presence.”
Robin said that the poem came to her naturally, that it came from within:
“That’s my heart.”
Adam Ray York was buried Oct. 15, at Mountain View Memory Gardens, at Huddy, Ky. He was the son of Chester Ray and Robin Jill Tackett York.