It was a a trail of sadness but also new beginnings for the family of William and Brandy Scarbrough of Philadelphia.
"It's hard, you know, it's just hard to deal with sometimes," said Ferlon Lepard, father of Brandy Scarbrough.
Ferlon Lepard can hardly hold back the tears, as he gears up to ride in the Memorial Trail Ride, thinking of his daughter Brandy and her husband. In February, the couple died of carbon monoxide poisoning at a camp site in Scott County. They were apart of the Annual Dixie National Wagon Trail. He's hoping this memorial trail will provide a sense of comfort and healing. He says Brandy would have wanted him to keep riding.
"It's something they like to do, so you know, ride with me, and make a memory out of it."
"I just thank the Lord I'm here and I pray that everyone stays safe," said Memorial Trail Rider Jackie Crockrott.
Hundreds gathered at the Neshoba County Coliseum and and headed out on the 15 mile ride, showing their financial and emotional support for the three children the couple left behind. Instead of focusing on the grief, riders will think of the children's bright smiles.
"Everybody that rides will ride for the purpose of the children and the benefit of their lives from this on and hopefully this can be an annual thing to help them throughout their lives to remember their mom and dad and for us to always keep them in our memories," said Pam Lepard, aunt of Brandy Scarbrough.
"Usually we never have accidents like that. But that's just a bad thing that happened you know, but life goes on."
And the trail goes on too, but never forgetting the life of William and Brandy Scrabrough.