Motley recalled that Burgess constantly helped out around the house, lighting fires and cleaning rooms, even after working long hours at a local sawmill.
But despite the constant work, Burgess remained happy and upbeat. He always had a smile, Motley said.
Burgess was also unfailingly generous and used his meager wages to buy "moon-pies and candy" for children, including Motley.
Four generations of Burgess family members plan to honor Burgess at the dedication ceremony on Saturday.
"A lot of us are remembered though our family," Motley said. "That is how our names and family memories are carried on."
Burgess never has an opportunity to marry or have children, but Motley said that the bridge would stand as a constant memorial to Burgess.
"This is a way to acknowledge that he was an important person," Motley said. "He's gone but not forgotten."
The resolution to rename the bridge the Garry Lee Burgess Memorial Bridge passed the House of Delegates in March. Delegates Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, and Dana Lynch, D-Webster, sponsored the proposal.
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