Country singer Craig Morgan said the loss of his son is the “hardest thing we have ever had to endure as a family.”
Morgan’s son Jerry Greer, 19, died on July 10 during a tubing trip with friends at Kentucky Lake in northwestern Tennessee.
“Jerry may be gone from this earth, and we will miss him every day, but his spirit will live on in our hearts,” Morgan wrote in a statement on July 20.
Morgan thanks a long list of people and organizations for their support, including the various agencies that helped in the investigation of his son’s death, friends and family, and the music and outdoor communities.
“We are blessed by the outpouring of prayers and condolences from across the world.”
The loss of our son Jerry is the hardest thing we have ever had to endure as a family. 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. 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
Greer was wearing a life vest when he fell off the tube into the water, but he failed to surface. When his body was recovered a day later, his life vest was still on.
“This was just a tragic accident as far as hitting a wave and coming off [the tube] and not coming up,” Sheriff Chris Davis said at the time, according to People.
Greer was a high school football star who was set to play at Marshall University in the coming fall.
He is survived by his parents, three brothers, and a sister.