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As authorities try to figure out what caused the tragic death of Craig Morgan's son, Jerry Greer, funeral details for the 19-year-old have been released.
One of Craig's four children with his wife, Karen, Jerry was a 2016 graduate of Dickson County High School. Described by the school's athletic director Jay Powlas as "kind-hearted, [a] free spirit, athletic," Jerry planned to play football at Marshall University in the fall.
While out tubing on a lake in Tennessee with a friend on Sunday afternoon (July 10), Jerry was thrown from the inner tube and never resurfaced, although he was wearing a life jacket. His body was recovered late the next day (July 11), and the country music community rallied behind Craig and his family to show support and send condolences.
Since Jerry was wearing a life jacket, authorities have been puzzled over why he didn't resurface. A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spokesperson told People that the life jacket Jerry was wearing wasn't Coast Guard approved, but is one frequently worn by skiers and wave boarders.
Authorities are still investigating the accident, but another TWRA spokesperson said that perhaps Jerry collided with his friend before he hit the water.
As the authorities continue their investigation, Jerry's family has released details pertaining to his funeral arrangements. The Tennessean reports that his funeral will take place on Saturday morning (July 16) at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville. A visitation will be held in Dickson the night before (July 15) at the Walnut Street Church of Christ.
Jerry's obituary cites his love of his family, God, the outdoors, and sports, including football and soccer. In Jerry's memory, his friends and family have established a scholarship fund at his high school "to honor Jerry's energy, athleticism, and love of life." The scholarship will be awarded to future athletes at the school, "particularly those with dyslexia."
If you'd like to make a contribution to the Jerry Greer Memorial Scholarship fund, you can do so by mailing your donation to Tri-Star Bank 719 East College St., Dickson, TN 37055.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Craig and his family during this sad time.