A true storyteller passes away – Trey Pennington RIP


I met Trey Pennington on Twitter, as most of my relationships are started nowadays; about 2 years ago. I immediately gravitated toward his great attitude and desire to assist people with telling “Their Story” online and in person. You can say Trey has a lot of anti-marketing in him… pushed all of us to keep it real, practical and effective. He was not only a good friend to me, Mary, Justin, Amanda, Bruce and Felicia; but to many others all around the World. In the photo above, friends @TreyPennington, @JustinTheSouth @GoGrahamGo @MotherNos tweet away at an event in Chimney Rock NC.

I remember we had a social media class at the Garage at Biltmore during Fall 2009 and Trey raced up to Asheville from Greenville, in the middle of his busy schedule, to be a part of the evening and to help me and Justin out. I remember the day exactly. Great times.

Trey Pennington passed away today, and the Online world and Greenville SC community is now missing a great person and contributor. He spent his life reaching out and helping others. I lost a friend today. Someone who was sincere, fair and inspired me to be a better person and businessman.

Here is what Trey has written in his Twitter bio:Be the HERO! Conquer marketing clutter with story. Be heard. Be shared. I’ll help you discover, develop & deliver your amazing story.”

Here is Trey’s last tweet at 10:21 this morning, right before he passed away:Sure am thankful for online friends who are real friends offline, too. Love you.”

Trey… I love you too, and I am so sorry this happened to you,

Love Gary

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    • Shaminder
    • March 15, 2012

    multiple times in the post, I know Trey ruffesed from depression and that in itself is a disease that is hard to battle through. I am more saying that we connect with people online and we think that we know them but we don’t. Few knew of Trey’s depression or his previous suicide attempt. I believe many are taking the alone in a sea of friends’ angle as thousands of people wish they could have helped him but they probably couldn’t. It does warrant some reflection on who we know and who we do not. Who we have as our support system versus those we share only a version of ourselves to online.

    • Annie
    • September 5, 2011

    Very sad, tragic story. I so hope if anything comes out of this that's useful, it's that folks gain a deeper understanding of how crippling and paralyzing depression can be, and to put aside our fears of intruding when we suspect friends may be struggling with it and just ASK. And keep asking. As many times as it takes.

    • Mary
    • September 5, 2011

    RIP Trey, you will be truly missed my friend!

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