By ROYCE ARMSTRONG The Mississippi Press
LUCEDALE -- Singing
River Electric journeyman lineman Nathan Pierce, 24, of Lucedale was accidentally
electrocuted Thursday night while responding to a power outage. Pierce was part of a crew
working in the White's Chapel Church community in southeast Greene County about 8:30 p.m.
when the accident occurred.
The power outage
occurred during severe thunderstorms in the area. Pierce was taken to George County
Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. according to Greene County Coroner Clyde
organization is deeply saddened by the loss of our co-worker and friend," said
Singing River Electric Manager of communication Lorri Freeman. "Nathan was deeply
reverent and real family oriented.
and prayers extend to the family at this time," she added.
Pierce, a graduate
of George County High School, had been an employee of Singing River since 1999.
"He was a good
Christian man," said Sam Merrit, a neighbor who had grown up with Pierce.
"Everybody liked Nathan Pierce. He loved the outdoors and he loved to fish."
find a better person," said Chris Dixon, a close friend. "I have known Nathan
all of my life. You could not have a better friend. He would give you the shirt off his
back if he thought you needed it. He loved to hunt and fish and he was very excited about
being a new father."
also reacted to the news.
"This has been
just devastating news," said Rev. Jeff Bass, pastor of the Corinth Missionary Baptist
Church, where Pierce was a member. "I have been on the phone with church members all
morning and no one can believe this. He was so good hearted and very likable.
"He was very
involved in the church and church activities," Bass said. "The entire family is.
He was the song director for the church. Both his father, Perry, and his grandfather,
Mack, are deacons. His older brother, Mack, is a pastor at a church in Mendenhall."
Pierce was known by
many who attend Southern gospel events in the area, Bass said.
"He had a
great interest in gospel music. His father-in-law, Mike Holcomb, is the bass
singer for the Southern gospel group, the Inspirations, out of North Carolina."
Bass said that
funeral services are pending until the Red Cross can arrange to have his brother Josh
returned home. Josh is serving with Company B of the Army National Guard's 150th Combat
Engineer Battalion in Iraq.
behind his wife and a 4-week old daughter.
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