Pastor Benjamin Brown Jr., alongside his wife Virtley, is remembering the four members of Shiloh Baptist Church killed on their way to a revival Tuesday night.
Eleven members of the congregation were onboard the church van when it was hit from behind by a large pick-up carrying metal on a trailer near Mount Zion Church in Dinwiddie County.
The crash victims were identified by police as James Farley, 87; Wartena Somerville, 36; Delois Williams, 72; and Constance Wynn, 85.
“All of them were great people and we’re going to miss them dearly,” Brown said. “They were such a blessing to the church and even to the Blackstone community.”
Brown remembered Constance Wynn as a “great mother.”
“She is a pillar in Blackstone,” Brown said. “She mentored so many young girls.”
The pastor said Delois Williams was a “sweet” hard-working woman who “loved the Lord,
“More of a quiet person, but she was a great woman also,” he said. “Loved her family, loved her husband.”
James Farley was remembered as a “jokester” who was always at the church.
“He’s constantly going everywhere,” Brown recalled. “He was like a ball of fire, too. He loved the Lord.”
Brown remembered teacher Wartena Somerville as a quiet, “praying woman.”
Brown was at his house when he got the call and rushed to the “tragic” scene.
Since the crash, Brown said the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming.
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SOURCE: WTVR6, Cameron Thompson