JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Natchez resident Keyone Sewell stands beside the 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic once owned by his brother, Corey, before his death in 2003. Keyone Sewell is working to refurbish the car's interior and exterior.
JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Natchez resident Keyone Sewell stands beside the 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic once owned by his brother, Corey, before his death in 2003. Keyone Sewell is working to refurbish the car's interior and exterior.

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The Dart: Keeping up Corey’s memory

Published 12:15am Monday, April 22, 2013

NATCHEZ — Keyone Sewell’s 1994 Chevy Caprice is more than just a collector’s item.

It’s a sentimental belonging that brings back fond memories of when he and his brother, Corey Sewell, would spend time out and about.

When The Dart landed on Keyone’s house on Miller Avenue Friday, he was putting the finishing touches on some work to the car before getting ready to send it in for a paint job.

Keyone inherited the car in 2003 when Corey was killed in a shooting. Since then, Keyone said he’s tried to keep the car in good condition over the years as a way of honoring his brother’s memory.

“The memories about the car keep me going,” Keyone said. “We had a whole lot of fun in this car through the years. Every time it moved, it was us riding together.”

JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Natchez resident Keyone Sewell replaces the fuses in the 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic once owned by his brother, Corey, before his death in 2003. Keyone Sewell is working to refurbish the car's interior and exterior.
JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Natchez resident Keyone Sewell replaces the fuses in the 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic once owned by his brother, Corey, before his death in 2003. Keyone Sewell is working to refurbish the car’s interior and exterior.

A weekend getaway is the last memory Keyone has of sharing the car with his brother, and it’s a memory he said he holds dear.

“We went to the drag strip in Hattiesburg and spent the weekend there,” Keyone said. “When we got back, we had a family get-together that Sunday night.”

The car has been used off and on since he inherited it, and Keyone said it was time to get some work done so it would continue to work for the long haul.

“If I had waited any longer, I probably wouldn’t have been able to salvage it,” he said.

After having not driven the car for several years, Keyone said he recently took it on a trip up the Natchez Trace to Jackson and back to make sure it still worked.

“It did pretty good for not having moved for a while,” Keyone said.

Some of the work he’s done on the car includes putting in a new alternator and a new fuel pump and getting the heating and air conditioning system working again.

“I’m just getting a few things together under the hood before I take it to the paint shop,” Keyone said.

With the car sitting in his driveway, Keyone said onlookers are constantly asking him if he’d ever sell it.

“No chance — not in this lifetime,” Keyone said. “I get at least five to six offers a day, but it’s not for sale.”

While he may not be able to ride with Corey ever again, Keyone has at least one companion that’s interested in his car — his dog, Precious.

“Every time I open the door, she runs and jumps in,” Keyone said. “She loves that car.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/hesamiraclegivens Reggie Hesamiracle Givens

    Thats rite Keyon keep it going. I remember those days also. We would all get dessed and ride up to Fayette and other surrounding areas just enjoying. I miss those days with you and your brother. You guys were great friends and would lend a helping hand to anyone and your faily would always treat us the same no matter where we went or what we did. What great guys. Keep up the good work and finish that car out. Its a Legend man.

  • MS. 2D

    AWW COUSIN I MISS YALL..TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY AND FOR SOME REASON I LOOK @ THE PAPER..I WAS SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR WHEN I SEEN U..LOVE U…. R.I.P. COREY MISSING U LIKE CRAZY
    AND 4 REGGIE U R FAM… :)