GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -A familiar voice in Texoma is now silent as Wilmer Kinsey, the voice of Grayson county SkyWarn, died Tuesday.
After over 30 years of service in HAM radio and emergency management, Wilmer Kinsey has died. His friends and colleagues reflected on their time with him as well as his legacy in the emergency management community.
"For years and years, Wilmer Kinsey was the voice on the radio that coordinated all those storm spotters out in Grayson county that kept everyone safe."
Grayson county emergency management director Sarah Somers said Wilmer Kinsey taught her everything she knew about emergency management. He was committed to his work, showing up rain or shine. Somers says he was a big part of the county's emergency management team, from the building of the E.O.C. back in 2009, being the voice of the Grayson County SkyWarn Weather Nets to instructing CERT volunteers. She said he will definitely be missed.
"Things will be different. We're better, we're stronger because Wilmer was with us, but we'll be different and he was good as gold," she said.
Another colleague and friend of Kinsey's, Moe Knight with the Grayson County Amateur Radio club said Kinsey taught him that there is more to being a HAM radio operator than meets the eye.
"I've been a HAM radio operator for 37 years and in those years, the nine working with Wilmer probably taught me more about giving to a community, than all the ones put together," he said.
Knight said those who will take Kinsey's place have big shoes to fill.
"I can only hope that the HAM radio operators in Grayson county can continue to serve the county as well as Wilmer led us over the years," he said.
Somers wants to express her appreciation to Kinsey and his family, who supported him in his days of service.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, to his wife Geri, she shared him with us and she accompanied him to the E.O.C. many many stormy nights. It's families like that that we have to build a backbone of safety on," she said.
If you would like to pay your respects, visitation will be at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman on Friday 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be on Saturday 10 a.m. He will then be laid to rest at Akers Cemetery.
Waldo Funeral Home
619 North Travis Street