Columbia commander had S. Georgia ties - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Columbia commander had S. Georgia ties

^ Rick Husband ^ Rick Husband
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:19:59 GMT
    James Smith, studentJames Smith, student
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
  • Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:14:47 GMT
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
  • Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:11:03 GMT
    Scott Vandermolen, Florida residentScott Vandermolen, Florida resident
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>

February 3, 2003

Lowndes County-- Rick Husband and his wife Evelyn lived in Lowndes County for nearly two years, while he was stationed at Moody Air Force Base.

Family friend Lynn Tessin looks over an e-mail from her old friend Rick Husband; her last contact with the astronaut before his tragic death. "Evelyn and I are doing fine," it reads. "Have two beautiful children..."

Tessin and her husband were in the same Sunday school class with the Husbands while Rick was stationed at Moody Air Force Base in the early 80's.

She remembers his strong faith and remarkable talent. "He had a beautiful voice and always sang in the choir. He led several youth groups and was very involved in the church."

She still has the gift the Husbands gave her nearly 20 years ago, at her first baby shower. "This is the baby blanket and the card, and where they signed the guest book when our son Blanton was born."

Although almost two decades have passed since their last meeting, Tessin says everything about Husband seems the same. "You see him on the reports on TV and he's got this bouncy walk, always pointing, waving and smiling at people. That's just how he was."

And no one who knew husband is surprised he made it to the stars. "He always told us that was his goal and Evelyn said he'd do it one day and I'm not at all surprised he did."

Even though she's saddened by her friend's tragic death, Tessin takes comfort in remembering the remarkable impact Husband left on this world and beyond.

The Husbands moved from Lowndes County to Apple Valley, California in 1985 after Rick was transferred from Moody to another military base.

posted at 1:05PM by dave.miller@walb.com

  • Columbia commander had S. Georgia tiesMore>>

  • NASA Probing Causes of Shuttle Disaster

    Space Shuttle

    Space shuttle Columbia broke apart in flames over Texas on Saturday, killing all seven astronauts just 16 minutes before they were to glide to their landing strip in Florida.More >>
    NASA's top official, Sean O'Keefe, says he isn't ready to assume there was a problem with space shuttle Columbia's protective thermal tiles. The shuttle exploded over Texas Saturday, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
    - Complete coverage
    More >>