WLOX mourns loss of longtime photographer Rodney Billingsley

WLOX mourns loss of longtime photographer Rodney Billingsley
Rodney was one of those guys every team needs. He was always there, always willing to lend a hand, never complaining about an assignment or a long day. (Photo source: WLOX)
Rodney was one of those guys every team needs. He was always there, always willing to lend a hand, never complaining about an assignment or a long day. (Photo source: WLOX)
Rodney was well respected by those who worked with him, and those he covered in the sports world. When Brett Favre recently learned of Rodney's battle with cancer, he sent him well wishes on a football. (Photo source: WLOX)
Rodney was well respected by those who worked with him, and those he covered in the sports world. When Brett Favre recently learned of Rodney's battle with cancer, he sent him well wishes on a football. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The WLOX Family lost a beloved friend and co-worker Monday. Photographer Rodney Billingsley passed away early this morning amid a tough battle against lung cancer.

For more than 30 years, Rodney has captured iconic moments through his camera lens. He's known as one of the best sports photographers in the state, and has worked side-by-side with AJ Giardina on every major sports story in South Mississippi.

After Hurricane Katrina, he switched over to news, and became the guy our reporters all clamored to work with. You see, Rodney was one of those guys every team needs. He was always there, always willing to lend a hand, never complaining about an assignment or a long day. And he always saw the good in everyone.

Just about two months ago, Rodney was diagnosed with lung cancer. The disease quickly took its toll, and zapped his energy. But through it all, Rodney remained positive that the treatments would work, and enjoyed every last moment with his family and friends.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Nadine. Today, we ask that you keep his entire family in your thoughts and prayers.

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