Country music singer Craig Morgan is opening up for the first time since his son’s tragic death, and issued a statement on Wednesday thanking everyone for their support during this incredibly difficult time.
“The loss of our son Jerry is the hardest thing we have ever had to endure as a family,” Morgan wrote in the statement he posted on Facebook. “Karen and I are so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have shown us unwavering support during this difficult time. There are too many to name here, but we are especially thankful for the Humphreys County Sheriff and Fire Departments, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and all the additional agencies and volunteers who turned out to bring our son home.”
He added, “We would also like to thank our friends, family members, and Jerry’s friends who have all shown us an immense amount of love and support. Additionally, we cannot thank the music and outdoor communities enough for wrapping their arms around us, as well as our industry friends, fans, and all those that loved our son. We are blessed by the outpouring of prayers and condolences from across the world. Jerry may be gone from this earth, and we will miss him every day, but his spirit will live on in our hearts. We will find peace knowing that God has a bigger plan, and that one day, we’ll be reunited with him again in Heaven. John 3:16 – Craig.”
It’s been just over a week since 19-year-old Jerry Greer lost his life. According to Taste of Country, Greer was tubing with his friend on Kentucky Lake in northern Tennessee when things went terribly wrong. Apparently, Greer was pulled under the water, and although he was wearing a life-preserver, he did not resurface. Investigators are still trying to determine why the vest failed to prevent his death.
Sending all of our love and prayers to the Morgan family as they mourn this terrible loss… https://t.co/axsVr1pPvC
— CMT (@CMT) July 12, 2016
Officials with at least 30 different law enforcement agencies came to assist in the search for Jerry’s body after he went under the water. It took two days of desperate searching before his body was recovered. Along with the approximately 80 people aiding in the search, a helicopter and nearly two dozen boats were also used to scan the 10 acres of water.
A private service was held for Jerry at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville on Saturday. Visitation for Greer’s family and friends was held on Friday at Walnut Street Church of Christ in Dickson, Tennessee.
“He was a superstar without even trying. He was a natural athlete that accomplished what most spend a lifetime attempting to achieve,” his obituary reads. “He was a devoted and dedicated son, brother and friend. He loved his God, his family, his friends and his country more than anything. His passions were football, soccer and the outdoors. He will be greatly missed by everyone who came in contact with him. He will be forever in our thoughts, in our words, and in our hearts.”
Craig Morgan speaks out for the first time following his son’s tragic death: https://t.co/OgAKYZpEvO
— Taste of Country (@TasteOfCountry) July 21, 2016
Following Jerry’s death, Craig Morgan and his family created the Jerry Greer Memorial Scholarship. Greer had just graduated from Dickson High School, and the funds from the scholarship will go to help other Dickson High athletes — particularly those with dyslexia. Donations to the scholarship fund can be sent to the Tri-Star Bank 719 East College St., Dickson, Tenn., 37055.
“The Jerry Greer Memorial Scholarship will ensure that future athletes of Dickson County High School, particularly those with dyslexia, can celebrate Jerry’s life through the opportunities they will receive through this fund.”
According to his obituary, Jerry is survived by his parents Craig and Karen Greer; his sister Marisa Davis, niece Bailey and nephew Jameson; his sister Alexandra Beaird, her husband Ryan and nephew Cruze; his brother Kyle Greer and his fiancé Chelsea Rogers; and his brother Wyatt Greer.
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