Avid Grovetown Weather Enthusiast Passes Away

How sad it is for those of us left behind when a beloved person goes to be with the Lord forever, even as we rejoice in that fact. That was the case Sunday, April 28, 2019, for Rick Cutright.

Diana and Rick Cutright at our wedding in 2012
Diana and Rick Cutright at our wedding in 2012

I’ve known Rick and his lovely wife Diana for about a decade. Rick was an active weather enthusiast and certified storm spotter for NBC 26 when I was on staff there as a meteorologist. Ever since I’ve known Rick, he always had a servant’s heart.

NBC 26 storm spotter meeting on March 1, 2014
NBC 26 storm spotter meeting on March 1, 2014: Rick Cutright is pictured in the back near the center.

Rick maintained a personal weather station at his home in Grovetown and devoted a room of his home to a “weather center” (dubbed “Grovetown Weather Center”) where he kept up with weather conditions and updated his Facebook friends on what to expect for the day. Rick was the most active of NBC 26’s trained storm spotters and frequently contributed updates to the station enhancing our weather coverage for the benefit of the general public.

Rick Cutright with the NBC 26 StormTracker weather team, circa 2009
Rick Cutright with the NBC 26 StormTracker weather team, circa 2009 (left to right: Jay Jefferies, Rich Rogers, Rick Cutright, Jeff Rucker)

Rick also gave generously of his cooking skills. He’d sometimes drop off delicious food at the TV station, especially around Christmas. And he’d often provide coffee at our storm spotter meetings.

Rich Rogers with Diana and Rick Cutright at the Thanksgiving Italian Feast in Evans, Ga., in 2014
Rich Rogers with Diana and Rick Cutright at the Thanksgiving Italian Feast in Evans, Ga., in 2014

As time brought change to NBC 26 and as it was eventually sold to another company, Rick focused his servant’s heart on using another skill of his for God’s glory: photography. He was the photographer for many of 88.3 WAFJ‘s events, such as contemporary Christian music concerts, family friendly events, charitable causes, and many others.

Rick Cutright with
Rick Cutright with “StormTracker 26” on May 21, 2014

My wife and I had the privilege to share dinner with Rick and Diana less than two months ago at a WAFJ-sponsored event—”Love & Laughter Date Night”— at First Baptist Church of Augusta. Little did we know at that time we wouldn’t see him again in this life. That night, Rick was getting around with the help of a little scooter because he’d recently injured his ankle while out shopping. But that didn’t stop him from attending the event and doing his best to continue in his role as 88.3 WAFJ’s volunteer event photographer.

Stephanie and Rich Rogers with Rick and Diana Cutright on March 2, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Augusta
Stephanie and Rich Rogers with Rick and Diana Cutright on March 2, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Augusta

Rick was passionate about weather, photography, and his family. But most importantly, he was passionate for Christ. Rick often invited me to his church, even though I had a home church at the time. He made me a contemporary Christian music CD to encourage me when I was fairly new at the TV station. He frequently checked in to see how I was doing and offered many times to pray for me, including when my cousin unexpectedly passed away in 2013.

I know Sunday that the Lord said to him “well done, my good and faithful servant.” Rick is forever with Christ worshiping Him. Please pray for Diana and the rest of his family and friends he leaves behind.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4 at Stevens Creek Church.

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