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Family, friends remember Victoria man killed in crash

By Bianca Montes
April 19, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated April 18, 2014 at 11:19 p.m.

Brandon Talkington loved to be in his truck. His family said he'd drop all of his plans, hop in and go where the road took him - a true free spirit, they said. Talkington, 26, was killed late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59 South in the community of Raisin.

Funeral Arrangements

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Rosewood Funeral Chapel, 3304 E. Mockingbird Lane.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rosewood Funeral Chapel; burial following at Nursery Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family asks for food donations.

A boot will be passed around to help with expenses.

Brandon Talkington was always down for a ride.

"Let's go this way," his friends and family said was his motto in life.

He was a free spirit.

"If you went on a ride with him, there's no telling when you'd come back," Will Buck said about his best friend.

Talkington, 26, died late Thursday night after his vehicle was struck from behind on U.S. Highway 59 South in the community of Raisin.

His family and friends met Saturday at the Church of Nazarene to plan his funeral arrangements.

"He scared a lot of folks," his father, Watson Talkington, joked about his son's beard.

He liked it, a friend chimed in.

The truth, however, is Brandon Talkington was a gentle and hard-working man who didn't think twice before hoping into his truck to help a friend or stranger off the side of the road.

He was the type of man who owned two pair of pants and chewed his food so slow that his family laughed through tears at the memory of him eating.

And he was a person who would spend 45 minutes talking to a man in the Lowe's parking lot because he thought that man needed someone to talk to.

He lived simple.

Grew up in Nursery.

Listened to AM radio.

And loved Ricky Skaggs.

"You can fill 10,000 newspapers with stories," said his fiancee, Brittney Zimmer, "and it would never be enough."

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