Memorial service for Faulkner students - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Memorial service for Faulkner students

Tierson Hollis Tierson Hollis
Ryan Wilhite Ryan Wilhite

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Students at Faulkner University remembered two of their classmates during a campus wide memorial service Monday.

Students, faculty and friends packed the university gym, coming together to say goodbye to their friends.

"Right now the Faulkner family, and all over this city, we're grieving at the loss of two great men," said SGA President Aaron Greenwood.

Ryan Wilhite from Mississippi and Tierson Hollis from Georgia both died in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 82 last Thursday morning. The two football players were on their way home from visiting a friend in Tuscaloosa when it happened.

The university paused to remember their contributions on the field as members of the Faulkner football team as well as remember how special they were off the field. "I consider it a blessing to have been a part of both of their lives," said football coach Gregg Baker. "If you were looking for the qualities and the characteristics of young men, and how you would want to model your life or your son or daughter's life, these guys would be it.

Along with the sad goodbyes the university presented each family with an honorary degree in the area of each student's major.

Relatives of both victims attended the memorial service. Tierson Hollis' funeral is Friday.

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