This page is reserved as a memory for drivers who have lost their lives in the course of their work as professional drivers.  Please come here often and as you do, reflect on the lives of your family, friends and coworkers ... and remember the families that have been left behind.


Richard E Hartfel

1960 - 2005

Richard Edward Hartfel was tragically killed in an over the road trucking accident on Monday, March 7th, 2005.  Rick was eastbound on I-40, approximately 35 miles west of Amarillo, when his truck crossed the median and the accident occurred. 


Rick is survived by a brother, Homer Hartfel of Bloomington, Minnesota, a sister, Margaret Hartfel of St. Paul, Minnesota, fiancé, Emily Muller of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and numerous other family members.


Rick was a long-haul trucker for Werner Enterprises for more than 14 years where he was a member of their Million Mile Club and received numerous safety awards. He was passionate about his chosen profession and loved his life on the road.  He died doing what he loved.


Rick was caring and generous. His family and friends will miss his kindhearted spirit. 

Tyrone Emig, York, PA and was a driver for US Xpress.  He had an engine malfunction on I-44 east of Joplin, MO.


When the tow truck arrived, Tyrone exited the cab.  He misjudged the distance and fell backwards in the traffic lane.


Two eighteen wheelers came over the hill side by side.  The tow truck driver pulled him as far as he could and jumped underneath the trailer to avoid being hit.


Tyrone suffered a heart attack as he watched the top of the trailer go by.  He felt the 18wheeler's tires touch his head.


The AmCoach took Tyrone from the hospital in Tulsa, OK, to his home.  His heart disease worsened and he died at home.

Tyrone Emig

____ - 2004

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Dennis (JJ) Martian
1968 - 2003

Dennis (JJ) Martian lost his life in June 2003 near Vulcan Alberta Canada when a four wheeler swerved into his lane and hit him head-on.  Both the driver of the four wheeler and JJ lost their lives in the accident.


Trucking had been part of JJ's life since his teens.  It was the joy of his life, however, his wife was the joy of his heart.  He had just bought a new International Eagle tractor but never got to take delivery of it.


Dennis was a big man -- over 6 ' 7" and could not walk down the street without tripping over his own feet.  But if you needed a hand, friend, or foe; JJ was there.


No matter how bad you felt he could have you rolling on the floor laughing in minutes.

Dennis is going to be missed by everyone who knew him.

William L McCauley Sr, of Spring Mount, formerly of Limerick PA died on June 9, 2006 as a result of a truck accident on Interstate 79 in Jackson Township, Butler County.   He was born in Norristown on January 19,  1942, a son of Emily (Wilson) McCauley of E. Coventry and the late Joseph McCauley. He was 64.

Mr. McCauley  had been a driver for ROADWAY in West Chester for 16 years.  He enjoyed drag races and car shows and loved his cats. He was an avid fan of NASCAR.

He was killed when he hit the support of an Interstate 79 overpass.  According to state police, he lost control of the truck.  Hitting the guardrail on the east side of the road, he crossed into the median.  He continued through the median before he struck the Evans Road bridge abutment.

Mr. McCauley is survived by his children, Michele Chrisman, wife of Ron of Limerick, Kelly Burns, wife of  Nick of Douglassville, and William L McCauley II "Billy" of Pottstown. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and numerous other family members. 

William L McCauley Sr
1942 - 2006

Randy Phillips

____ - 2007

Randy Phillips died after having been brought home by the AmCoach.  He was in Laredo, TX driving an 18-wheeler when he became ill.


He had informed his company that he was ill prior to leaving his home.  The company insisted he take the load and even told him, he could take his family with him if he desired.


His wife and three children went with him on the trip and remained at his side as he recovered enough to make the trip home to Altus, OK.


TransAlive was called in to help get him and his family back home.   According to his company he did not follow company policy and denied any request for assistance in getting him home.

Ralph Hitchcock was truly a remarkable man.  He was devoted to his family and to his work.  Ralph first became involved with TransAlive when he suffered an accident that injured his wife, Cassandra, in Lubbock, TX.  He called us for assistance in getting his family home.

Later, he was instrumental in helping one of his fellow drivers get home who had been involved in a shooting incident in Memphis, TN by again contacting us.  The AmCoach took his friends to Gonzales, LA.

We were saddened to hear he suffered a fatal accident in the Baton Rouge, LA area.  It was our privilege to know Ralph and to work with him in making the industry a better place to serve and work.

Ralph Hitchcock
____ - 2007



Roger Wayne Anderson

1944 - 2009

Roger Wayne Anderson lived in Thomasville, GA.  He had just turned 64 and was married to the love of his life Linda for 41 years.  They had six children and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


He bought his own truck in 2000 and leased on with RBI in Cairo GA.  He was in Hartsfield AL.  He had not been feeling well.  His daughter called RBI and told them she could not reach him on the phone.


They tracked his truck from where he picked up his load the day before.  Roger had died in his sleeper of a massive heart attack.


He loved to talk and tell jokes. He was known all around the truck stops as Rooster. He is missed every day.  He was a wonderful man and a die-hard trucker.  Roger had over a million accident free miles.


Don Herman Hataway, 51, born and raised in Tenaha, TX passed away after a brief illness.


At the age of 17, Don started driving 18 wheelers.  He drove 18 wheelers for 34 years.  During that time, he owned and operated Hataway Trucking Company with seven 18 wheelers.


He was married to the love of his life, Brenda, for 28 ½ wonderful years.


Don was a loving husband, father, papaw and an outstanding friend.  He would give you the shirt off of his back for anybody in need and he never met a stranger.


He is survived by his wife, Brenda, a son, Matt, and a daughter, April, plus numerous other family members and a host of friends.


Don Hataway

1962 – 2013

David Gilland

1959 - 2014     

David Gilland, 55 originally from Lake Leelanau, MI was an energetic driver that loved the road.  Even after suffering a stroke, and a major heart attack, he was still not ready to give up.  David’s heart finally made the decision for him and he lost his life.


We had the privilege of working with David after his release from a rehabilitation center in Hammond, LA.  We took him to his present home in Nettleton, MS.


David was an avid reader of Scripture.  He loved to discuss the Bible.  He had a desire to learn.  David was well known in the industry and will be missed by all.

Celeste, TX.   Dudley Nolen’s earthly body lost the battle with cancer and he went to be with the Lord on January 5, 2015.  He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.


Dudley, 73, loved trucking and the road.  To his family, he was a mentor, teacher, preacher, father, and most of all a beloved dad.  He taught his son how to drive and love for the open road.


He spent many of his years while driving over the road as a tanker driver.  His driving experiences and his knowledge of the road are rarely surpassed.   Most recently he had been working as a mechanic.


Dudley even ventured into the charter bus market driving for tours for several years.  He enjoyed working with people as anyone that knows anything about driving charter buses – you have to love working with people in all different circumstances.


Dudley Nolen

1941 – 2015


Leonard W Mink


A snow storm Jan. 7, 2015, caused a sudden loss of visibility on I-80 in Pennsylvania, which led to a massive 19 vehicle pile-up crash.  Mink was uninjured in the initial collision, and he and other truck drivers left their cabs to help some kids who had been involved.


As Mink and three others made their way to the kids, they were struck by cars whose drivers could not see the men in the snow.  All four were killed.


“That was his nature, to help people, the way we all would,” said Mink’s friend, James Troxell.  Mink went by the CB handle ‘Daddy Rabbit’.  He left here doing what he loved.”


Mink is being hailed as a hero by his friends, family and fellow drivers.

Cecil "Pat" Patrick founded Kennesaw Transportation in 1981.  Although we have dedicated this page to drivers, when one demonstrates over the course of their life a concern and devotion to the men and women of the transportation industry, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge their contribution to the success of others.


Pat was a member of Woodstock Rotary, member and Deacon of First Baptist Church of Woodstock; on the Board of Georgia Motor Transportation Association, on the Board of Truckstop Ministries, Inc and Truckload Carriers Association.


Born September 15, 1943, Pat went to be with Jesus on December 28, 2014.    He was personally interested in each of his drivers.  Never did they become an account on the computer.


Pat was a one of a kind man, a man of God, a wonderful family man, friend, business man, and a great leader in the transportation industry.


He will be missed greatly, but he is not in any more pain and we are sure he is singing his favorite song at the top of his voice, "Victory in Jesus".


Cecil “Pat” Patrick

1943 - 2014

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