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Statesville, NC -- Front Street Baptist Church released the photos and biographies of the victims in Wednesday's deadly bus crash in Tennessee.

They were mothers, fathers and grandparents.

Cloyce Matheny - Deceased
• Age 95
• Father of three sons and one daughter
• A retired Aeronautical Engineer at Boeing Aircraft
• Eagle Scout with Two Palms
• Was active in Boy Scout Leadership
• Went on numerous Missions Trips
• Vacation Bible School Volunteer
Brilliant and creative; Cloyce's kindness and heart for missions has impacted several generations at Front Street Baptist Church and in the community. Cloyce's best advice: "Don't stop living until you die."

Randy Morrison  - Deceased
• Age 67
• Vietnam vet
• Retired diesel mechanic
• Father of five
• Grandfather to five
• Church bus driver
• Coordinator of the Barnabas Project: a ministry of encouragement to those in the community
• Co-chair of the Hospitality Committee
• Children's Sunday School Department Secretary
He was a devoted father and grandfather; excellent cook; and a handyman extraordinaire. Randy was tenderhearted and always ready to help in any situation.

Barbara Morrison  - Deceased
• Age 67
• Mother of five
• Grandmother of five
• Retired teacher's aide and school bus driver for Iredell-Statesville Schools
• Sunday school teacher
• Church bus driver
• Worked with the Barnabas Project: a ministry of encouragement to those in the community
• Co-chair of the Hospitality Committee
• Volunteer at the Open Door Clinic
• Bus driver for Japanese Language School
She was a loving mother and grandmother who never met a stranger. Barbara's kind heart and outgoing personality made her an excellent witness for Christ.

John Wright  - Deceased
• Age 73
• Father of two sons and one step-son.
• Grandfather of two
• Retired from Uniglass where he worked in quality control
• Retired from the Army reserves
• Sunday School teacher, served on the Grounds Committee.
• He was active in church missions and outreach
• He sang in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir.
• Was active in Senior Games
John was an adventurer, always ready for a mission trip or athletic activity. He loved to travel and served wherever he was needed.

Beverly Wright - Injured
• Age 63
• Mother of one son and two step-sons.
• Step-grandmother of two
• Retired nurse from Iredell Memorial Hospital
• Sunday school teacher.
• Loves to travel
Beverly has a quick laugh and a generous heart. She is always ready to help in any situation.

Norma Hellard - Injured
• Age 78
• Mother of one
• Grandmother of two
• Retired teacher from Statesville Christian School
• Sings in the Senior Adult choir, Joyful Singers
• Leads a Women's Bible Study
• Many years as children's Sunday school teacher
Norma has devoted her life to teaching children; both in school and in church. Her contagious love is an inspiration to young and old alike.

Brenda Jolly - Injured
• Age 70
• Mother of one daughter
• Grandmother to three
• A retired English teacher from Statesville High School
• Employed part-time at Jones, Archibald, & Associates
• Member of the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir
An avid reader, Brenda loves to travel and is active in missions. She is a soft-spoken, gentle-spirited woman.

Marsha McLelland  - Deceased
• Age 62
• Mother of two daughters
• Retired OR Nurse at Iredell Memorial Hospital
• Was an avid gardener
• Good News Club; school-based Christian club for children
• Sang in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir
Marsha was kindhearted and gentle and she loved her dahlia garden at her mountain house.

Ed McLelland - Injured
• Age 65
• Father of two daughters
• Retired teacher from Statesville Senior High School
• Active in Young at Heart
• He loved spending time in the mountains
• Avid guitar player
Ed is a good-natured and jovial man who loves "picking" his guitar.

Wanda Martin - Injured
• Age 63
• Three nephews
• Five Great-Nephews
• Semi-retired
• Serves as Music Director at Enon Baptist Church
• Piano player
Wanda has a delightful sense of humor and loves music and doting on and playing Legos with her five great-nephews

Thomas Lynn Smith - Injured
• Age 74
• Father of two daughters
• Grandfather of four
• Semi-retired, currently working with Hexcel
• Loves fishing & hunting
• Is on the Welcoming Committee
• A member of the Young at Heart
Lynn is a quiet, kind man who loves people, especially his beautiful grandchildren.

Brenda Smith  - Deceased
• Age 69
• Mother of two daughters
• Grandmother of four
• Worked part-time for Dr. Haddix's dental office
• Sang in the Joyful Singers and the Celebration Choir
• Co-chaired on the Nominating Committee
• Served on the Greeting Committee
• Loved caring for her father
Outgoing and caring; Brenda loved people and looked forward to the Gatlinburg trip as a highlight of her year.

Doris Swaim - Injured
• Age 68
• Mother of two sons
• Retired teacher, having taught at Northview Elementary, Wilkes CC, and Mitchell CC
• Church Pianist
• Teaches private piano lessons
• Numerous mission trips
Doris is a gentle, quiet woman of grace who has an uncanny love and talent for the piano. Her gift is an ongoing blessing to her church.

Steve Swaim - Injured
• Age 68
• Father of two sons
• Retired fitness director for Statesville YMCA
• Avid golfer
• Hospice volunteer
• Sunday school teacher
• Serves on the Grounds and Fianace Committees
Steve is outgoing and hilarious. He is at home in any situation and makes friends with anyone.

Marvin Boyer - Injured
• Age 74
• Father of four
• Stepfather of Two
• Grandfather of Six
• Step-grandfather of five
• Former Pastor of Corondo Baptist Church, Tuscon, AZ
• Senior Adult and Care Pastor
• Retired Music Teacher
• Loves to play the piano
• Jabez Class Sunday School Teacher
• Teaches a Bible Study
• Sings in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir
Marvin is a gentle giant of a man whose heart for service is as big as his smile.

Sandy Boyer - Injured
• Age 67
• Mother of two
• Stepmother of four
• Grandmother of five
• Step-Grandmother of six
• Retired Nurse at Tucson Medical Center and Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, TN
• Volunteers with Good News Club
• Small Group Leader for Children's Sunday school class
• Sings in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir and the Celebration Choir
• Mary Kay representative
Sandy is gregarious and filled with joy. She will talk with anyone and loves children.

Benny Elledge - Injured
• Age 72
• Father of one
• Grandfather of one
• Sings in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir and the Celebration Choir
• Member of Young at Heart
• Works with the Good News Club
• Serves on the Welcoming Committee
• Chairman of the Grounds Committee
• Loves the Beach
• Avid golfer
• Retired from Pallister Furniture in Troutman
Benny is a sweet, friendly man who loves spending time with his family and serving with his church. He often helps with construction projects for elderly individuals.

Joanna Libby Elledge - Injured
• Age 70
• Mother of one
• Grandmother of one
• Retired from Piedmont Farm Credit
• Sings in the Joyful Singers Senior Adult Choir and Celebration Choir
• Member of Young at Heart
• Works with the Good News Club
• Serves on the Welcoming Committee
• Loves the beach
Libby is a quiet, gentle-spirited friend who loves gardening and spending time with her family.

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