MS: Businessman killed in morning hunting accident
Businessman killed in morning hunting accident
By Eloria Newell James and Jason Niblett, Leader-Call staff
December 17, 2008 11:06 am
- A well-known Laurel business-owner "doing what he loved, where he
loved to do it" was killed during a reported hunting accident Tuesday.
Robert Lightsey was 55.
Lightsey, the owner of Lifeguard Medical Alerts and SmarTel
Communications and a keyboardist for Highland Baptist Church, was
hunting with his son, Tyler, on family land near Heidelberg Tuesday
morning when the accident occurred. Early reports show a gun discharged
with the bullet striking Lightsey's chest. The accident, which occurred
around 10 a.m., was still under investigation Tuesday afternoon.
Lightsey and his wife, Valerie, have four children: Tyler, Julie,
Taylor, and Caroline. Tyler Lightsey and Julie Lightsey are both adults.
Taylor Lightsey and Caroline Lightsey both attend West Jones High
Lightsey, who moved to Laurel in 1982, worked for Mississippi Music
before opening SmarTel Communications in 1990. He later opened Lifeguard
Medical Alerts. Both offices are located on Hwy. 15 North in Laurel.
According to Jasper County Coroner Randy Graham, the accident
occurred near Highway 588 in Jasper County. He said the incident is
under investigation by the Miss. Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Parks, a typical move any time an accident causes a fatality.
Lightsey's body was transported to Jackson for an autopsy, also a
Funeral arrangements were incomplete Tuesday evening.