Thursday, January 28, 2016

Farewell, Bert.

You will be missed. Several leaders issued statements on his passing:

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement on the passing of veteran television journalist Bert Case:

“I am saddened by the passing of Bert Case. We knew each other as fraternity brothers at Ole Miss and, like he did for many Mississippians, he became a fixture in my life. With insight and thoroughness, he brought us news of the good, the bad and the humorous with unwavering fairness. His ability to do that well is what made him credible and commendable to Mississippians.

“My thoughts are with his family and many friends at this difficult time.”

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., issued the following statement regarding the death of Bert Case:

“Bert Case always kept it interesting. He had a way of connecting to the viewer with just enough edge, just enough humor, and just enough pizazz. We are not likely to see another like him anytime soon -- a true Mississippi Classic!”

Governor Phil Bryant Comments on the Passing of Bert Case:

“For more than 50 years, Bert Case told the stories of Mississippi, aggressively and fairly holding her leadership accountable and eloquently celebrating her people. He was a gentleman whose signature sign-off made him an icon. Deborah and I are saddened by his passing. He leaves a beautiful legacy and will be missed by all who knew him.”

Then there is Marshall Ramsey.  He clearly loved Bert and loved drawing him as well:

This is my probably favorite recent video clip of Bert: - Jackson, MS


Anonymous said...


I already miss his reporting.

Don't you go anywhere Howard.

Anonymous said...

May live on in the Communion of Saints and the life everlasting. Amen.

Anonymous said...

The Lord could have cured Bert but chose to call him home. Either way Bert wins.

Anonymous said...

Was so saddened to hear this earlier. Prayers for Mary and family.

Messick said...

Sad, sad news. Rest in Peace, sir.

Thanks for keeping us up to date, Kingfish.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace. We will miss you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all of the Bert updates here at JJ during the course of his illness.

Our loss is Heaven's gain.

As usual, Marshall Ramsey has created the perfect tribute.

John Parker, 16 WAPT News Assignment Editor said...

A legendary reporter, anchor and newsperson, it was a blessing and a privilege to be able to work with him. He treated everyone with kindness and respect, he took the time to teach young reporters how to talk to people, he loved people and relished every opportunity to talk to people. He could ask tough questions without being mean and he showed empathy to all. I never met a more genuine, down to earth or caring man. I learned so much from just talking to him and being around him. Our loss is heaven's game. Save me a seat at the bar up there Bert.

Anonymous said...

at least it is over. septic cannot be survived.

Brenda Ware Jones said...

God rest his soul, and comfort his family. We shall not look upon his like again. Bert Case hired me as a lowly intern back in '78---I was a senior at Millsaps, and he let me do some very interesting stories, and I got to anchor the Saturday noon report. I will always think of him with great fondness.

Anonymous said...

Bert was a great newsman and a wonderful person

Anonymous said...

May the Good Lord watch over and comfort Mary and Family. We know that our Lord has Bert in the palm of his hand.

Krik 4dice said...

I thought he had improved much more than he obviously had. I would not have been in the VA Hospital to start with. Have several family members who went to a VA facility and never came out.

Anonymous said...

I loved the interview when he explained his signature sign off . . . " Berrrrrrrrrt Case".

He said when he was first starting out, a lady approached him in a parking lot and asked something to the effect "is your name really bird cage " ?

After that, he knew he had to do something different.

RIP Bert !

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