Ruley And Burdette

May 10, 2018

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Ruley And Burdette

John Wilson “Chopper John” Ruley Jr., president of the Lakelands (South Carolina) chapter of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club and his club brother Thomas “Tommy” Edward Burdette died together last Saturday, May 5, after colliding with a 1999 Jeep driven by a man named Ronald Derossett.

Derossett was charged with two counts of felony Driving Under the Influence resulting in death, two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury, driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana. The driver of a second car, Shaundrece Clark, was charged with two counts of felony DUI, two counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and possession of marijuana.

Ruley was buried in the Garden of Memories cemetary in Belton, South Carolina yesterday and Burdette was buried in the same cemetary today.

Ruley worked for Chandler Construction Services in Ninety-Six, South Carolina for 27 years and and was a member of the Siloam Baptist Church of Greenwood.

Burdette worked for Ascend Performance Materials in Greenwood and like to play his guitar.

In addition to his brothers in the wind Ruley is survived by his sons, John Wilson “Wil” Ruley III and Doug Hall; his sisters Belinda Witteborg and Debbie Hasting; and his dog Jax.

In addition to his club brothers, Burdette is survived by his children, Nathan Burdette and Ethan Burdette; his sisters Joan Magness and Joy Chapman; his fiancé Bobbie Jean “BJ” Ferry; and his nephews Bryson Burdette and Jadon Chapman.

Ruley’s son Wil Ruley said, “The Warlocks were his bike family. They did everything together. If it was just him somebody would pitch in and ride with him. They would never ride alone. For instance, the night that this tragedy happened, he was not by himself. He was with someone.”

Tommy Burdette was 57-years-old. Chopper John Ruley was just 45.

They died with their boots on. They did not die alone. They are gone but they are remembered.

Requiscat In Pace


16 Responses to “Ruley And Burdette”

  1. Gypsy Says:

    And The POS went to court last week and only got 17 years for killing two of the best men and brothers most will ever know

  2. Nags Says:

    It’s unfortunate they are gone to soon but we’ll all be lucky to go doing something we love with someone close enough to call brother.

  3. dingo Says:

    Absolutely terrible. 2 men who were certainly loved, & will surely missed by many. Something about the penultimate sentence though….”they died with their boots on, they did not die alone”….just hit me so hard. I did not have the pleasure of meeting either, but the love and sacrifice that many of you know from club life, club brothers & club family, is absolutely beautiful, and inspiring. The author of this article has an elegant grace not found in much of the journalism left in the world today. Thank you Rebel, thank you commenters. Sorry to ramble
    Much respect to the deserving

  4. JMacK Says:

    Deepest condolences and Respects to their family and Brothers. RIP


  5. Whitepride Says:

    Condolences to their brothers and family. I hope those two assholes get the max if they are found guilty

  6. Snow Says:

    In the wind they ride together forever
    Fly on
    Condolences to all who knew these men

  7. Aanon Says:

    Might’ve came in by themselves, but they left together. Rest in peace fellas. Condolences to those that stayed.

  8. jrino Says:

    Anyone that rides knows about the risk. I have been hit twice buy drunken drivers. 6 pins and a plate in my right ankle. It still makes the loss of these two riders a ache in my heart! They both had people that loved them. I’m so sorry for their love ones loss.

  9. Oregon Moose Says:

    Condolences to surviving family members and club brothers.

  10. Freebird Says:

    They died with their boots on. RIP

  11. Paladin Says:

    It doesn’t get any more selfish than denying safe passage to others because you’re fucked up behind the wheel. I hope Derossett and the chimp get hammered hard for their senseless and reckless behavior.

    My sincere condolences to the families, Brothers and friends of the fallen.

    Long May They Both Ride,


  12. Mountain Cruiser Says:

    I hate to see any riders go down. RIP.

  13. Iron Rider Says:

    condolences to their brothers family and friends RIP

  14. FF Says:

    They have left the physical world but this is not the end. My condolences to all who knew and loved them.

  15. Old & Jaded Says:

    May they rest in peace and condolences to the family members.

  16. Storyteller Says:

    Ride free brothers. Ride free.

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