>> Friday, April 20, 2007

I was shocked to hear the news about WBTV's Melissa Greer passing away this morning. It had seemed that she had been doing pretty well, but then a sudden turn for the worse happened very recently.

I am just sort of numb hearing of this news. Melissa and I attended Mississippi State University together. She got her first television weather job at WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi, and my first television job was at WTVA-TV in Tupelo, Mississippi....both part of the Columbus-Tupelo television market. Melissa was a gifted meteorologist, and she quickly moved on to bigger things, eventually winding up in Charlotte at WBTV.

Even though we had not really been in touch in years, I sort of feel like I have lost a family member tonight. I was completely shocked and greatly saddened to hear the news. Melissa was a wonderful and kind person. Back in college, I always remember her having a smile on her face, and she always carried herself in a positive way. It seems all of her trials over the past year or so only strengthened her faith and her Christian walk, so at least in that, I take comfort.

My most sincere and heart-felt sympathies and prayers go out to her family and friends. May the peace and comfort of the Lord rest over you.


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