This past Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Terry Ledford, a friend and fellow rockhound, died in a tragic mining accident in Hiddenite, NC. He was mining alone, and was killed when the hole he was working in collapsed on top of him.
Terry was well known for finding what turned out to be the largest cut emerald in the US several years ago - a beauty at 64.38 carats, eventually named "Carolina Emperor" - and for his vast knowledge of all things rock related, but he was even more well known for his kindness and his friendly ways, and he will be missed.
Click here to read an excellent article from the Raleigh News & Observer from 2012 about Terry and some of the gorgeous big emeralds he found at Hiddenite over the years that were donated to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh - there are some beautiful photos of the emeralds and a great photo of Terry with the article.
It's our hope and prayer that it will eventually be of some comfort to all those who will miss Terry that while he left this earthly plane way too soon for the rest of us, he died doing what he loved, in one of the places he loved best.