TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo native Bobby Bratton bravely battled brain cancer for 17 years.
Bratton lost his fight in June, but his spirit lived on Saturday night at a bull riding event in Tupelo.
It was the second annual Bobby Bratton Bull riding benefit.
The benefit was spearheaded by Bratton's close friend, Clay Knight, a local grocer. The event was held at Knight's home in Tupelo.
"Me and Bobby became real close friends over the years, and we were like best friends," said Knight. "He laid in the bed for two years, and he just couldn't support his children. My son said lets do a 7-on-7 tournament, and I said, 'no,' lets do a bull riding at the place (Knight's home)."
In 2017, the event raised nearly $10,000 dollars to help Bratton with his medical expenses. Now that Bratton is deceased, this year's proceeds will help Bratton's children pay for college.
It's been a difficult summer for Clay Knight. Shortly after Bratton's death in June, Clay Knight lost his father, Bob Knight, the longtime owner of Todd's Big Star grocery store in Tupelo.
Remembering Bobby Bratton's spirit has helped Clay Knight get through some tough times
"He (Bratton) was really a great guy," said Knight. "He never complained, and I'm complaining about my big toe hurting. He had three brain surgeries and never complained about nothing. We gotta be grateful for what we've got, and help people that are in need like this."
Knight says he plans to continue the event next year with a new and deserving beneficiary.