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Craig Morgan speaks out for the first time about losing his son, Jerry AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Craig Morgan paid tribute to his son, Jerry, on July 20 in a lengthy Instagram post paired with a picture of the late 19-year-old high school graduate.

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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

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Jerry had just finished high school and was headed to Marshall University to play football this fall when his life was cut short on July 11 following a tubing accident.

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Craig writes, “The loss of our son Jerry is the hardest thing we have ever had to endure as a family. [My wife] Karen and I are so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have shown us unwavering support during this difficult time.”

He goes on to thank the agencies who helped in the search and recovery efforts for Jerry following the accident, as well as the “friends, family members, and Jerry’s friends who have all shown us an immense amount of love and support.”

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Craig also thanks their friends in the music and outdoor communities, his fans and “all those that loved our son.”

He adds, “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.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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