Craig Morgan released a public statement for the first time since his son's death on July 10th. In a Facebook post, Morgan said losing his son Jerry Greer is the hardest thing his family has ever endured.
News of Jerry's disappearance following a tubing accident on July 10 spread quickly. Search and rescue teams as well as volunteers turned out to help find Greer. His body was recovered on July 11, and he was laid to rest on July 16.
In his statement, Morgan shows gratitude for all the support during the search. "[Wife] Karen and I are so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have shown us unwavering support during this difficult time," says Morgan. "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."
The music community immediately rallied around Morgan's family.
"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," adds Morgan. "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."
Fans showered Morgan and his family with messages of support after the news broke. "We are blessed by the outpouring of prayers and condolences from across the world," he says.
Morgan ends his note with a sense of resiliency in a time of terrible tragedy. "Jerry may be gone from this earth, and we will miss him every day," says Morgan. "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."
Jerry Greer was only 19. He reportedly went tubing with a friend at Kentucky Lake in Humphreys County, Tennessee. Greer was wearing a life jacket at the time. The recent high school grad planned to attend Marshall University in the Fall. He intended to play football.
Morgan also updated his Facebook page to include a memorial picture of his son. He postponed several tour dates to be with family.
Craig and Karen have three other children, daughter Aly and sons Kyle and Wyatt.