The state of Mississippi, and Meridian especially, this year mourned the passing of Stan Torgerson, who died June 26.

Torgerson was remembered by most as the voice of the Ole Miss Rebels — especially during their glory days in the 1960s.

Behind the recognizable voice on the radio that painted such great pictures of football and basketball games was a businessman, a husband and father, and a man who loved to work.

“I will continue working as long as I think I can be productive,” Torgerson said in an earlier interview. “I believe in work ethic. I work for three reasons: 1) it’s fun; 2) I think I am reasonably good at it; and 3) it gives me something to do that I enjoy doing.”

Torgerson worked until the day he died at the age of 82.

He had long and successful careers in a number of media-related areas. He owned and managed radio stations for almost 50 years — from the 1940s through 1990.

Shortly after selling his radio station and “retiring,” Torgerson started writing for The Meridian Star. At first, he was a sports stringer, but later came on full-time to cover business, news and state government. After a long run with The Star, he worked as a news reporter at WTOK-TV until his death.

“My dad never had to look for a story,” Larry Torgerson said after his father’s death. “People called him because they knew he would get it right. I think one of his strongest points was his contacts. He knew everybody.”

And, everybody knew him — and they all miss him still.

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