Rick and Bubba radio show co-host Rick Burgess's son, 2, drowns in pool
Monday, January 21, 2008
CAROL ROBINSON and JEREMY GRAY
News staff writers
The youngest child of Rick and Bubba Show co-host Rick Burgess drowned in the family's pool over the weekend.
William Bronner Burgess, 2, was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital Saturday night after "exhaustive medical efforts" to save him failed, authorities said Sunday.
The funeral for Bronner, affectionately known to listeners as "Cornbread," will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shades Mountain Baptist Church.
"He was real energetic, just a beautiful child," said Shades Mountain pastor the Rev. Danny Wood. "He was kind of a mama's boy in the sense that he was really attached to Sherri (Burgess). He was a very healthy child. He was a typical boy."
Shelby County 911 at 7:24 p.m. Saturday received a report of a possible drowning.
Sheriff's deputies and North Shelby Fire and Emergency Medical personnel responded to the Burgess home on Indian Crest Drive in Indian Springs Village. Bronner had fallen into the swimming pool.
"Our preliminary investigation indicates that this is a tragic accident and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family," Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry stated in a press release.
Burgess, who often speaks of his faith on the radio show, was a guest speaker over the weekend at a Christian retreat in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for high school students. He flew home as soon as he received the call about Bronner's death.
The family's pastor said he spent time with the Burgess family Sunday.
"The death of a child, it's very difficult but they have a great strength because of their faith in Jesus Christ," Wood said.