‘He’s going to be missed’: Community mourns as part-owner of Murrells Inlet biker bar dies in motorcycle crash
HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The coroner’s office has named the motorcyclist killed in a crash last weekend in the Garden City area.
Horry County Deputy Coroner Patty Bellamy identified the motorcyclist as Stephen Pease, 34, of Myrtle Beach.
The crash happened around 8:40 p.m. Saturday on Highway 17 Business in the area of South Jensen Drive, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Officials said a Harley-Davidson was traveling southbound when the bike spilled onto the roadway. The crash killed the driver, later identified as Pease.
Pease was part-owner/general manager of SBB in Murrells Inlet. The popular biker bar has posted tributes on its page to Pease.
“The SBB family took a huge loss this past Saturday. Stephen Pease tragically lost his life in a terrible motorcycle accident. Pease will be missed by many and forgotten by none. We love and miss you so much already,” the biker bar post on its Facebook page.
He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Hundreds of bikers gathered at SBB Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil to honor Pease.
“I couldn’t ask for a more loyal person,” said Tre Tarte, who attended the vigil. “He was a great father, a great husband, a great man, and a great friend.”
Tarte is a regular at SBB biker bar and met Pease when he started working there as a bar back.
He watched Pease work his way up to manager, general manager, and eventually part-owner.
For Tarte, Pease’s loyalty as a friend was never on display more than when Tre got into a motorcycle wreck himself a few months ago.
“He was one of the first people to call me in the hospital,” said Tarte. “‘What do you need? What can I do? What can I do for you?’”
When he found out Pease had gotten into a wreck of his own, he wanted to be the first person by his side to return the favor.
He never got that chance, and instead has spent the past few days reminiscing about the man Peas was.
For Tarte and countless other bikers, you can’t think of Peas, without thinking of his pranks.
“They wrapped his motorcycle up in plastic the night before,” said Tarte while talking about his last conversation with Pease. “He says, ‘I pushed it over and told them the wind blew it over just to mess with them.’ I just shook my head and laughed.”
Tarte wasn’t the only one looking back at some of the best times with Peas, as hundreds of bikers flocked to SBB for a vigil in his memory.
“Every time we do a rally, every time we get together, there’s going to be a piece of us missing,” said SBB Event Coordinator Bill Barber.
They filled the night sky with candles, then filled the parking lot with skid marks as they revved their engines.
All while thinking of Peas, and the mark he left on every biker who hascome to SBB.
“He’s going to be missed something terrible,” said Tarte
Pease’s funeral will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Burroughs Funeral Home along Old Kings Highway in Murrells Inlet. A prayer service will follow at 6:30 p.m.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help Pease’s family with memorial and funeral costs.
No other injuries were reported in the wreck.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
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