Halifax Co. Community In Mourning Over 23-Year-Old Killed In Workplace Accident
By Whitney Delbridge
Halifax Co., VA - A community is in mourning after a Nathalie man was killed on the job Thursday in Campbell County.Ryan Tribble, 23, was working on a piece of equipment at Hawkins-Graves when a piece of metal struck him in the neck."He touched so many people in different ways, " said Steve Moore.Moore has known Tribble and his family for years. He says Tribble went to school in Pennsylvania to pursue his passion for mechanics before moving back home to work.A shop on his family's farm was one of his favorite places to be."He loved it, " said Moore.John Pillow started as a mentor for Tribble during his run as a skeet shooter, but it wasn't long before Tribble surpassed all of his fellow sportsmen."I learned a lot more from Ryan than he learned from me, " said Pillow.As a teen, Tribble was the best skeet shooter in Virginia - and one of the greatest in the country. He is one of only 40 people in the world to shoot a perfect score in a 400 round competition, twice."He was an extremely good sportsman, and he was just a real asset. He was everything you look for, " Pillow said.Tribble began working at Hawkins-Graves in Lynchburg two years ago.With all of his accomplishments, family and friends just knew he would go far, but Tribble's life was cut short doing what he loved.Now, Moore says his family will rely on their faith to get them through the dark days ahead."I know we are going to miss him, but I also know he is in a better place, " said Moore.The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is still investigating the accident. A funeral for Tribble will be held Saturday at 4 PM at Clover Bottom Baptist Church. The family will receive friends before the service at their home on Stage Coach Road in Nathalie.Donations in memory of Tribble can be made to the Brookneal Volunteer Fire Department, North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, and the Clover Bottom Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
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