Rodney Wysong, the son of Steve Wysong of Wysong Enterprises, Inc., died April 17 at 35 years old after a three-yr battle with brain cancer. As VP, Rodney helped build the maintenance, repair and overhaul facility from just a small avionics shop that worked on electronic news gathering helicopters.
Many in the business recall watching him grow into the executive he became. "It was really cool to watch this little kid from Tennessee grow into a man that was comfortable in any business environment," said Southeast Sales Manager for Airborne Products for FLIR Larry Krieg.
"Rodney was an amazing young man that had a ceaseless passion for his family and his business,” said Dallas Avionics VP of Sales Scott Davis, who was the son of the late Dallas Avionics founder Johnny Davis. Aviation Specialties Unlimited owners Mike and Chris Atwood said Rodney was "a hard-working, energetic, likable young man."
In 2012, Rodney won the "40 Under 40 Award" in the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee and Virginia from The Business Journal for his leadership in the industry.
In his free time, he enjoyed hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, golf and snorkeling. A viewing will be held on April 22 at the Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. To make a donation in honor of Rodney to the Doe River Gorge Ministries, go to www.doerivergorge.com.