Jim, you seem to be sticking up for a guy you don't know personally or even why he is being let go. Your initial assumption is that he's a great guy who gave his best to the company and they dumped him. That may be true, but it may also be they case that he was a slacker and diluting shareholders(my) return. It's a fair question that would help the readers understand where charley's coming from. Charley, where did you work in BB&T?
I just hope that this never happens to you. If you have never been through it or had a really good friend go through the process you can not even imagine what a difficult thing it is to deal with whatever the circumstances.
Regardless of whose is at fault I feel for the guy and if it happened to you, I'd feel the same for you.