The Watertown community has planned a unique gathering to honor the life of a man who locals affectionately called "Gonzo."
Edgar Roy Elliott, 85, of Watertown, was found Tuesday evening deceased after being missing since last Friday.
Elliott was known for riding his yellow Cub Cadet lawn tractor around the southeastern Wilson County town to run various errands or just to keep in touch with friends.
To honor his memory, the community has organized a "Mower Ride for Edgar" on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. until noon. Proceeds from the event, which costs $10 per mower, will go to help care for Elliott's six dogs he left behind which are currently being cared for at Wilson County Animal Control. Money will be used towards feeding, grooming, training, vaccinating, spay/neutering and re-homing his beloved pets.
Organizers stated on Facebook that the mower ride will begin at the Watertown Square and will continue to Elliott's home on Neal Road. Organizers are encouraging flowers and signs, as well. Push mowers and zero-turns are welcome. For safety reasons, mowing blades will not be engaged.
As of press time on Thursday, more than 30 people had signed up to participate.
Friends reported Elliott missing Monday after they noticed he had not been seen since Friday. Deputies have not yet determined the cause of death and were still investigating.
He was found near his familiar Cub Cadet lawn tractor, which had overturned.
Elliot was last seen leaving his home on Neal Road, located near the Watertown High and Statesville Road area Friday. When he had not been seen for several days, locals began to worry and contacted Wilson County Sheriff's Office.
WCSO issued a Silver Alert Tuesday afternoon asking the public for information about the whereabouts of Mr. Elliott.
Public Information Officer Sharon Curtis Flair confirmed deputies found Elliott's body Tuesday evening around 7:45 p.m. near a gravel drive which connects to Neal Road.
After news of the discovery was posted online, members of the Watertown community shared their thoughts and emotions on Facebook of the beloved member of the small Wilson County community.
"So very sad! He was such a wonderful character around this town and will be very missed," said Ruby G.
"He was a well known fixture in our community. All that live here has suffered a great loss today. Glad there's closure but heartbroken over the outcome," Kim V. said.