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Father and son killed in crash on I-77 to be laid to rest Wednesday

Cody and Chris Gragg (family photo) Cody and Chris Gragg (family photo)
Cody Gragg (Photo courtesy MXPTV.com) Cody Gragg (Photo courtesy MXPTV.com)
(Jordan Sawyers | WBTV) (Jordan Sawyers | WBTV)
LENOIR, NC (WBTV) -

The victims in a fatal motor home crash on I-77 Saturday were identified as a father and son on their way to a motorcycle race.

The crash happened on I-77 southbound at mile marker 68 in Chester County.

Christopher Gragg, 53, and his son Cody Gragg, 23, are from Lenoir. Troopers say a tire on their 2003 Freightliner motor home blew out causing the driver to lose control, hit the guardrail, flip over down the embankment and catch fire.

Neighbors said the Graggs are very well known in the community.

"They were good people, very good people. Like I said, Cody was young and had a promising career. His dad was always there by him all the time," said Gerry Cooke.

Troopers say no other passengers or vehicles were involved. 

Cody Gragg races motorcycles. The father and son were on their way to a race in Georgia when the crash happened around noon Saturday.

Family and friends said Cody was on his way to a promising career.

A family member told WBTV he waved goodbye to Cody and Chris when they left their home. He said they were fun-loving people, but also were the hardest workers he knew.

Both father and son were volunteer firefighters for Collettsville Fire and Rescue.

Fire chief Larry Price said their deaths will leave a huge void in the community.

"They wanted to serve their community. Hard to lose them," Price said.

Price said Cody was starting to devote more time to his motocross career, but when he put on his fire gear, he was always ready to work.

"I saw him grow up," Price said.

Chris was a lieutenant and had been working at the fire department since the 1980s. Price said he would talk to him on the phone almost every day.

"Chris, he was a joker, and he always had a joke or a prank to go on somebody all the time," Price said.

To honor them, the flag was put at half-staff, and firefighters displayed the Graggs' turnout gear on the hood of a fire truck Sunday, but Price said this tribute does not come close to showing what these two men meant to the community.

Nearby fire departments are helping Collettsville Fire and Rescue respond to calls while their firefighters grieve.

On Wednesday, Chris and Cody will make one final journey through Collettesville. Their funeral services will be held together in Lenoir at the Lenoir Community Church, then their caskets will be placed on fire trucks and a procession will take them to their final resting place in the Globe Community. 

Officials are hoping people will line Collettesville road in town to honor the two and say goodbye. The procession should pass by sometime around 3 p.m.

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