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In Memoriam: Billy Pierson

08 Aug 2009 8:46 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

FCRP Members:

All of you are quite familiar with John and Barb Thomas. Both are longtime members and officers of the Coalition.

Sadly, Barb's son Billy Pierson-- an accomplished country signer who regularly performed at the well-known Tootsie's Orchid Lounge locations in both Panama City Beach and Nashville-- passed away in a tragic automobile accident this past week.

He was only 46 and leaves behind a widow.

I hope the Coalition membership will join me in sending out sincere condolences to John and Barb and their families.

For those who are interested, the viewing is Tuesday evening, with a funeral to be held Wednesday afternoon at:

Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemeteries
2403 Harrison Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 763-4694
(850) 784-9251 Fax

More details about his services and an online guestbook can be found here:

A full newspaper article about Barb's son is available at the following link:

Billy was a rising star in the country music business. You can listen to his songs and find out more about him at

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions to:

Billy Pierson Memorial Fund
c/o Vision Bank
P.O. Box 1848
Panama City, FL 32402

Please join me in reaching out to Barb and John at this very difficult time.


Jackson McQuigg
Secretary and Board Member, Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers
President, Friends of Tampa Union Station

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