Mike Carrington, the Thomson High School football announcer and McDuffie County development director, died Saturday. He was 51.
Carrington, the executive director of the Forward McDuffie Development Authority, died at University Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at Beggs Funeral Home in Thomson.
Forward McDuffie oversees the development authority, the Thomson-McDuffie Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce. Carrington was appointed as director in 2007.
He also served as the acting executive director of the chamber of commerce for most of 2011.
“I’m shocked,” tourism director Elizabeth Vance said Saturday. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet that he isn’t going to be walking in that door.”
Vance said Carrington joined Forward McDuffie six weeks after she joined the tourism office.
“He was a fun-loving, easygoing guy,” she said. “And his personality is going to be missed by all of us.”
Thomson Mayor Ken Usry recalled working with Carrington on the Thomson City Council.
“I have lost a good friend, and we have lost a good community servant,” he said.
Banker Ralph Starling worked with Carrington from 1998 to 2007, when Carrington left Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co.
“He loved Thomson football, and he loved his country,” Starling said of Carrington, who served with the Army during Desert Storm, rising to the rank of captain.
Carrington ran the public address system for Thomson First United Methodist Church and offered that same service to fundraisers and other events in the area.
His most visible role was as the announcer of Bulldogs football games. Bill Beckum, the school’s football statistician since 1984, said Carrington took over the role about six years ago.
“He was very instrumental in getting the new P.A. system up there,” Beckum said.
Survivors include his wife, Ginger Carrington.