Dottie Rambo Dies In Overnight Bus Crash
May 13, 2008 at 11:06 AM (PT)
Country/Gospel singer-songwriter JOYCE "DOTTIE" RAMBO died early SUNDAY morning (5/11) when the tour bus she was in ran off INTERSTATE 44 and struck an embankment about two miles east of MOUNT VERNON, MO. Police say six other people in the bus, including RAMBO's manager, LARRY FERGUSON, were hurt. RAMBO was on her way to a MOTHER'S DAY performance at the FOUNTAIN OF LIFE CHURCH in NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX to sing with LULU ROMAN and NAOMI SEGO.
It was unclear if the accident, which occurred around 2a (CT), was weather-related. Severe storms and tornadoes hit the region around 6p (CT) SATURDAY evening (5/10), killing 14 people. The NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE reports that sustained winds and storms continued later that night.
DOTTIE has has more than 2,500 published songs, including Gospel classics like "He Looked Beyond My Fault And Saw My Need" and the 1982 GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA) Song Of The Year, "We Shall Behold Him." She was inducted into the KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 2006 and the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME in 2007.
GMA President/CEO JOHN STYLL said: "DOTTIE was one of the most prolific songwriters the gospel music community has ever seen. She was a friendly, fun person who I think people are really going to miss on a human level."
Visitation will be held SATURDAY (5/17) from 4p-8p (CT) and SUNDAY (5/18) from 2p-4p (CT) at WOODLAWN-ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME in NASHVILLE. A private reception will be held for close friends and family at CHRIST CHURCH in NASHVILLE from 11a-12:30p (CT), with a public memorial service at the church to follow at 1p (CT). There will be a private entombment at the mausoleum at WOODLAWN-ROESCH-PATTON MEMORIAL PARK after the memorial service.
Donations may be made in DOTTIE's memory to the DOTTIE RAMBO MEMORIAL FUND, P.O. Box 50508, NASHVILLE, TN 37205.
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