Ben Sargent TCC # 254 has passed

Ben Sargent served the Texas Cushman Club in many capacities. President 2012-2014, Board of Directors, and Wagon Master for the State Meets. He received the Founder’s Award in 2004.

June 30, 2022


Benjamin Eugene Sargent, (78), of Carlsbad, Texas, passed away on June 30, 2022, after losing his second battle with cancer. 

Ben was born in Fort Worth, Texas to B.H. and Wilma Sargent. He grew up with brothers Douglas and Delroy and his favorite sister Beth. As a teen, he loved spending his time riding his Cushman. This sparked his lifelong passion for scooters. As he got older, he became a bit of a traveling man. At 17 he joined the Navy and traveled the world. Leaving the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard, retiring as Chief Warrant Officer II in 1982.

In his youth he met and married Anita Register (deceased) of Saint Augustine, FL. They immediately started a family, complete with Benita, Debbie, and Carol. As a family they loved to travel. Ben and Anita eventually traveled apart, changing Ben’s path to meet his current wife, Gene and her sons Johnny and Charlie of Greenville, MS. This chapter of his life was filled with lots of camping, fishing, making homemade ice cream, active in his church, president of the Water Board, treasurer of Carlsbad Volunteer Fire Department, delivered Meals for the Elderly, president of the Concho Valley Cushman Club from 2012-2014, and District Grand Master of Phill Head Masonic Lodge 1415 from 1987-1988.

In addition to his wife, Eugenia (Gene) of 49 years, he is survived by his sister Beth Duarte & husband J.A. of San Antonio; children, Johnny Rivers & his wife Christina of Weaver, AL, Benita Romo & ex-husband Carlos of San Angelo, Debbie Taylor & her husband Johnny of Lobelville, TN, Charlie Rivers & wife Alisha of Grape Creek, Carol Wyatt & husband David of San Angelo; grandchildren Kimberly Rivers of ID, Jonathan & wife Brittany of AL, Cody & wife Kristin of AL, Jacob & Christian of AL, Melissa Russo & husband Jason of Dubai, UAE, Jennifer & husband Tyler of Water Valley, Chris Clardy-Rivers & wife Amanda of Gardendale, MaKinna & Taigan Rivers of Grape Creek; 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by his parents B.H. and Wilma Sargent, brothers Douglas and Delroy McCain. 

The funeral service will be held at Grape Creek Baptist Church, 9781 Grape Creek Road, San Angelo TX on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 2:00pm. There will be visitation at the same location beginning at 9:00am. His family will be present to welcome loved ones. 

Ben always said, “don’t waste money on flowers”. Use that money to fill up your tank and take a trip, buy some ice cream, get some scooter parts, have a fish fry, and enjoy family time.

Personal Note: we all have Ben stories. Mine started at Water Valley in 1995. We were new to the scooter club. Ben had a wreck on his scooter and was taken to the hospital. Their friends loaded the wrecked scooter and made sure it got home. Then the travel trailer was moved back home by these same friends. Next event was when Roy Stanley’s scooter was stolen. Ben began the act of helping get Roy riding again by “stealing” Roy’s rolling chassis and getting all the friends together to replace the scooter using their spare parts and time.

I wanted friends as good as this man had! Cushman people are a special bunch. I’ve seen attendances at funerals, serving hearts during troubled times, and just the fun that people of common interest share.

Raymond and I were very fortunate to share times and our lives with Ben and Gene. Our love and condolences to Gene and his family.

Possum Kingdom April 2022

Row of Beauty

THURSDAY Once again we headed to PK for three days of riding our favorite two- wheel vehicles. PK has four things that makes it a great area for riding: good roads, good food, good scenery, and not much traffic. For the first time (for me) we had more people in the motel than in the campground. We did our usual shakedown/dinner ride to “The Cafe” in Graford. Everywhere we went there was a little restaurant that serves a large variety of very good food. We had ten Cushmans and one Honda make the trip along with six people in cars. After a very good dinner we headed back to PK before dark.

Time to Ride!
Thursday ride to Graford
Paul and Mary Kruska,, Raymond Love, Frank Turbeville, Richards Kesselus, Karen Pickett, Mick and RJ Hudson, Marlean and Rickie Hudson, Joe and Joyce Faltinek, Jane and James Press, Gene Perry, Forrest Blaylock, and James Perry
David Pickett, Forrest Blaylock, and RJ Hudson

We crossed the Brazos River and headed to our first rest stop at the Palo Pinto Courthouse.

Palo Pinto courthouse
Park and draw someone who walks down memory lane.

FRIDAY was our day to head to Strawn for a chicken-fried steak at “Mary’s Cafe”.

Mary’s Cafe in Strawn
Joyce Faltinek and Raymond Love

SATURDAY was our day to ride to Mineral Wells where we had lunch atThe Mesquite Pit. Delicious food and great company.

Joe and Joyce Faltinek, Richard Kesselus, Don Paige, and James Perry
At lunch, Richard Kesselus was sitting with visitor, Oliver Sitrin.

Those attending the ride were:Raymond/Chrysti Love, James/Jane Press, Paul/ Mary Kruska, David/Karen Pickett, Joe/Joyce Faltinek, Rickie/Marlean Hudson, R J/Michelle Hudson, Forrest Blaylock, Don Paige, Don Henry, Richard Kesselus, Frank Turbeville, Martin Stafford, Oliver Sitrin, James Perry, Gene Perry.

A grand tour on a very well planned meet.

Thanks to Gene Perry for planning this weekend. It was great to get together with other members. Thanks to Raymond Love for driving the chase vehicle.

James and Gene Perry acting like brothers!

Central Texas Meet, Bastrop Tx May 2022

The FISH FRY DINNER, May 6, 2022

As reported by Debi Goode

                                                Bastrop Ride

One of the best highlights about the Bastrop Mother’s Day Weekend Ride is the FISH FRY DINNER, held at the Kesselus compound. Richard and Betty Kesselus open their home and property to overnighters and dinner guests for some of the best fried catfish and french fries in the area!

Richard Kesselus
Old photo but we need to confirm that JJ Mooney was a faithful helper again in 2022

J.J. Mooney fries up his special “secret recipe” cornmeal-beer-battered onion rings. (Oops! I guess the secret is out!) Guests help round out the dinner fare by bringing coleslaw, fruit and veggie trays and a variety of desserts.

Attending the Fish Fry dinner were John and Barbara Allbright, Twig and Zoe Branch, Larry and Ginger Freeze, Debi Goode, Richard and Betty Kesselus, Alex, Darren and Selvin Kesselus, Jack and Emma Miller, J.J. Mooney, Don Paige and Beth Doan,  Johnny and Joyce Pearce, Gene Perry, James and Jane Press, Richard and Diane Simpson, and          Frank Turbevillle.

Debi writes the best reports! Thank you, Debi Goode

Here are photos from Ginger Freeze and Gene Perry. The ride will be reported in full in the May newsletter. Look forward to “ the rest of the story”

Barbara and John Allbright
Emma Miller, Ginger Freeze, and Frito (the dog)
Frank Turbeville, Johnny and Joyce Pearce
Twig and Zoe Branch and Larry Freeze
Jack Miller
Gene Perry and Twig Branch
Richard and Diane Simpson
Martin Stafford waving as he passes.
James and Jane Press
Ted Grisham (?)
and Don Paige
And the Leader of the Pack—-Richard Kesselus
Saturday’s Riders

It was a great meet and look for the article in the newsletter for more details.

Aransas Pass/Corpus Christi Ride— November 18-20, 2021

Ride participants began gathering in the Aransas Pass and Corpus Christi area Thursday, November 18, 2021. We met up at Mickies at Hampton Landing for the Early-Bird Dinner where we enjoyed calamari, bacon-wrapped shrimp, crab cakes, fish tacos, shrimp, fried fish and plenty of sides.  Friday morning we met in the host hotel’s parking lot for the Rider’s meeting prior to riding to Rockport and on to Goose Island State Park where we were once again amazed by “The BIG TREE.”  From Goose Island we rode to Fulton Beach for lunch at a local favorite…Charlotte Plummers.  Following lunch we took a leisurely path back to Aransas Pass.

A big thank you to John and Barbara Allbright for hosting dinner and snacks at their lovely home situated on the canal in Aransas Pass. We enjoyed appetizers, beans and cornbread and an assortment of desserts before watching a glorious coastal sunset.

Saturday morning we assembled in the hotel parking lot and departed via ferry toward Port Aransas on Mustang Island and a tour of the beach. We then proceeded to Padre Island and Bob Hall Pier for a beach photo. We ate lunch at Doc’s on the inter-coastal canal, then rode to Corpus Christi for a photo op in front of the USS LEXINGTON. We drove over the BIG bridge in Corpus Christi (whew!) before stopping for ice cream in Ingleside then on to Aransas Pass. For our last evening on the coast we gathered at The Fisherman’s Daughter for good conversation and friendship.

A BIG thank you to Homer Schilling for leading the rides; to Don Henry for coordinating the Ride; to Jerry Krenek for driving chase; John and Barbara Allbright for hosting at their home and to everyone else who came: Don & Ann Reed, James & Jane Press, Michelle (Mick) and RJ Hudson, Ricky, Marlene and Kaile Hudson, Tommy & Debi Goode, Martin Stafford, Ray Powers, Richard & Betty Kesselus, Larry & Ginger Freeze, Paul & Mary Kruska and Tom Roddy (in Memory of Pete Roddy).

Thank you to Debi Goode for the write up and photos.

(My apologies for the delay in this post. Chrysti Love)

2022 State Meet plans

The state meet will begin Wednesday, Sept. 28 and end the night of Oct. 1. The early bird dinner will be on Tuesday night. We have received the hotels list from Paris, Tx. The Hampton Inn has been chosen as the host hotel but there are several other choices. Please tell them you are with the Cushman group to receive the rates shown.

Go to the 2022 State Meet tab if you want to download a copy to print.
President Larry Freeze in front of the Hampton Inn, host hotel.

Make your reservations now and look forward to the 40th State Meet of the Texas Cushman Club.

Central Texas Ride May 2022

Be getting ready for a wonderful weekend with the Texas Cushman Club at Bastrop. Richard Kesselus has plans to entertain and feed you. Probably almost more than you can endure! Here’s his FaceBook post with the schedule.

Richards Facebook post

Enjoy the onion rings and friendship.

Richard in July 2019.

Possum Kingdom is Next Week April 8-9, 2022

Information from the Calendar of Events: April 8-9, 2022 Gene Perry is inviting us to come to the beautiful lake country. Rides are planned for Friday and Saturday leaving around 9:30. Campground is (same)Willow Beach RV Park, 1239 Willow Beach Road, Grayford Tx.(PK is actually Grayford). 940-779-2514. Make your reservation starting Wed, Feb. 23, with the new owner – Danny. Tell them you are a part of the Gene Perry, Texas Cushman Club group. I have reserved 10 spaces. I will need to know who is coming and if you need 30-50 amp. Motel is also the same: Hideaway Inn, intersection Park Road 36 and FM 2951. Check in is at 1782 FM2951. Call Lynn 940-779-2333 for questions. She is holding 10 rooms @ $125.00 You will need to make your own reservation. No cancellation penalty if canceled 3 days prior to arrival. In on April 7, out on April 10. Contact Gene Perry (972) 768-1081 for additional information.

Group from last Possum Kingdom event

As of March 31, there was only one room left at the motel. And the weather looks agreeable! Make a plan to come and enjoy Gene Perry’s work of creating a great time riding and eating and visiting with the Texas Cushman bunch.

2022 March Carmine Ride or Press’s Polar Extravaganza

Saturday’s riders: Frank Turbeville, Richard Kesselus, Paul Kruska, David Pickett, J.J. Mooney, and James Press

Paul Kruska labeled this year as “ Press’s Polar Extravaganza “ which was a very appropriate title. It turned cold enough the guys would choose a temperature when they would start the ride.

Saturday’s forecast
James and Jane Press preparing breakfast in their Pecan Grove Inn guests
Karen Pickett with Paul and Mary Kruska getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar
Friday’s riders James Press, Larry Freeze, Paul Kruska, Frank Turbeville, and David Pickett

On Friday, 5 scooters took off with intentions of enjoying the ride. The men came prepared for cold weather and it was a good thing. They came back chilled but pleased with their ride. By traveling back roads, they traveled to Burton and saw the cotton gin with a bonus of a cotton ginner who is only 1 of 3 skilled men who can start up the 1925 Bessemer Type IV diesel oil engine. Then into Brenham for lunch at Smitty’s. Home was another tour by backroads through Burton and into Carmine.

The ladies enjoyed a warm ride into Brenham with shopping and lunch at Must Be Heaven.

After more visiting during the afternoon we all enjoyed dinner at Los Patrones Mexican Grill in Giddings.

Jerry Krenek and Raymond Love followed in the chase vehicle.

On Saturday morning, the Board of Director’s meeting was held to make plans for the state meet which will be in Paris, Sept. 28- Oct 1. Unable to attend were Twig Branch and Ben Sargent. We missed them.

Ginger Freeze, James and Jane Press setting out breakfast for the Carmine visitors.
Breakfast was enjoyed by 16 people.

6 scooter riders made a plan: when it gets above 40 degrees they would ride. The ride began at 10:30. This time the weather really did begin to warm. Jerry Krenek provided the chase vehicle. Again on backroads they traveled through Shelby and Nelsonville on their way to Bellville. They attended an antique car show in Belleville. A reserved parking area welcomed them. After enjoying the classic cars, lunch was eaten at Kenney’s Store in Kenney, Tx.

After lunch the riders toured Tommy Traylor’s shop in Bellville. He impressed them with his vast array of tools and his current project which is a dragon gate. A wonderful story which will be in the next newsletter.

They stayed until almost dark then hightailed it home just before dark. The group chose to eat at J.W.’s in Carmine for dinner. We ate there on Thursday night and knew we would get another great meal.

While the scooters were out, another group headed to La Grange for the Quilt Museum and lunch. Raymond Love and Larry Freeze kept each other company while the ladies toured the quilt museum ( and then slipped next door to the quilt shop).

Jane Press, Karen Pickett, Ginger Freeze, Mary Kruska
Karen Pickett, Jane Press, Chrysti Love, Ginger Freeze, and Mary Kruska

20 people showed up for this first event of 2022. James and Jane Press, Paul and Mary Kruska, David and Karen Pickett, Raymond and Chrysti Love, Larry and Ginger Freeze, Frank Turbeville, Jerry Krenek, Richard Kesselus, JJ Mooney, Tommy and Debi Goode, Jack and Emma Miller, and Don and Debbie Ledbetter.

A full report will be in the next newsletter which you will receive if you are a current member of the Texas Cushman Club.