Jerry Greer, son of Craig Morgan, has been found dead following a tubing accident on Kentucky River on Sunday afternoon. Greer was 19 years old and had just graduated from high school. Craig Morgan has three other children — daughter Aly and sons Kyle and Wyatt.
Morgan’s son went tubing on the Kentucky River with a friend on Sunday. The sheriff of Humphreys County, Tennessee said that he and his friend went under the water after hitting a wave. His friend came back up. Craig Morgan’s son did not. A massive search was begun right away. People reports that the sheriff also reported that Jerry Greer was wearing his life jacket when they found him. The reason for his failure to rise out of the water given that he was wearing a life jacket has not yet been provided.
Craig Morgan’s rep issued this statement on behalf of the family.
“It is with deep sadness that I am confirming the passing of Jerry Greer, son of country music entertainer Craig Morgan and wife Karen Greer. The Humphreys County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department recovered his body this evening after a search that began Sunday following a boating accident on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee. A 2016 graduate of Dickson County High School, Jerry planned to play football for Marshall University in the fall. The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and requests prayers at this time as they privately mourn this terrible loss. Jerry is survived by parents Craig and Karen Greer, sister Aly Beaird and brother-in-law Ryan Beaird, brother Kyle Greer and fiancée Chelsea Rogers and brother Wyatt Greer.”
Craig Morgan is very active in outdoor pursuits and hosts a show that airs on CMT titled Craig Morgan’s All Access Outdoors. The show is currently in its fourth season. Craig was an EMT at the age of 18 and spent ten years in the U.S. Army. It’s during this time that Morgan took up music. He began writing songs and performing and won military awards for both. After his time in the service, Craig moved to Nashville. As he worked on his music career, he held jobs as a contractor, a sheriff’s deputy and a Wal-Mart assistant dairy manager. CMT describes Morgan as “soldier, sheriff’s deputy, EMT, adventurer, TV host, motocross racer, outdoorsman, farmer, and family man; then there is the career that ties it all together.” Craig said this about his music.
“Music is like a center for all those things. It’s the outlet for me to express everything I am. When I’m riding my dirt bike, you may not know about my music, and when I’m in a military environment, it’s not the center point. But my music career allows me to talk about and be a part of all of those other energies in my life. When I’m on stage, I get to express all of it.”
Taste of Country reports that Craig’s family assisted in the search for Jerry as did the driver of the boat that was pulling him and his friend when the accident occurred. A candlelight vigil had been planned for Monday night but was cancelled “out of respect for the family.” Morgan’s son played soccer as well as football and was an avid hunter like his father. Funeral arrangements are pending.
The Tennessean spoke with a friend of Craig Morgan’s son, Allison Pendergrass. She described him like this.
“[he] had an amazing heart, he was caring, and funny. He had his own way of doing things which people didn’t understand, but he was a beautiful soul and will forever hold a place in my heart.”
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