Bicycle Jack is gone, but he will never be forgotten

Bicycle Jack

Bicycle Jack.

Photo by Faith Saganek
Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 04:38 PM.

Not many people get to become a legend in their own time, but Leon Sulfrridge was one who did.

Sulfridge was known throughout the South Walton community as Bicycle Jack. He was legendary for many reasons, and the bikes that were lined up neatly all in a row each morning in his front yard was just one.

In the week since Bicycle Jack, 91, was found dead in his front yard, somewhere around 100 people have gone out of their way to stop at the red house where he lived quietly on Mack Bayou Road . Some knocked on the door to offer condolences to Jack's sister; some left bouquets of flowers in the front yard or at the door; and one man simply pulled into the driveway, got out of his truck and saluted.

That's how much of the community thought of this retired gentle man who lived quietly in his understated red house on Mack Bayou Road.

His habits were routine and simple, but his impact was profound.

He asked nothing of the community, but gave back much, say those who remember him.

He was known to be in his yard by around 8:30 each morning, moving his array of refurbished bikes from his living room and porch outdoors into a neat line. Once that was accomplished, Jack took to his porch chair and rocked and waited for someone to stop by who was in need of a bike. While he waited, he waved to all who passed by ... and they waved back, sometimes tooting their horns to say hello.

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