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Gordon Randolph "Randy" Emrick, Southern Miss Broadcast Production Engineer, Dies

Date 7-24-06

Contact David Tisdale 601.266.4499

Hattiesburg—Gordon Randolph “Randy” Emrick, a broadcast production engineer with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Broadcasting and Media Production Services, died Saturday in Vicksburg. He was 53.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday at Edwards Baptist Church in Edwards, where Emrick previously served as a deacon and operator of the church’s lighting and sound equipment. Visitation is set for Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton and again at 9 a.m. at Edwards Baptist Church prior to the service.

Emrick served as engineer in charge of the university’s satellite uplink services and was an instructor in the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism. He had completed work managing the satellite feed from the Miss Mississippi Pageant Saturday just prior to his death.

He first came to Southern Miss as a student, said Dennis Webster, director of Southern Miss Broadcast Services, who said he was so impressed with Emrick’s work that he asked him to assist his staff in the broadcast production of Southern Miss sporting events.

“He was one of the nicest individuals you could ever meet, and the rest of the staff felt the same way,” Webster said. “He will be missed.”

Emrick, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Miss, was a former alderman and volunteer fireman for the town of Edwards. A resident of Petal, he also served as a deacon at Petal’s Carterville Baptist Church.

“He was an extremely competent employee and a very nice person,” said Dr. Gene Wiggins, director of graduate studies for the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism. “I know everyone around here thought a lot of him. He’ll be missed as both a friend and a colleague.”

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Bardin Emrick of Petal; three sisters, Marianne Gregg of Long Beach, Jeanne Driver of Hockley, Texas, and Kay Lowe of Tomball, Texas; a brother, Rusty Emrick of Newman; and numerous other relatives.

Memorials may be made to Edwards Baptist Church, P.O. Box 138, Edwards, MS 39066; or the Edwards Cemetery Association, 311 Jackson St., Edwards, MS 39066.


July 24, 2006 2:39 PM

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