College of the Ozarks Memorial Service for Duck Boat Victims


POINT LOOKOUT, Mo.–Heavy hearts are continuing to mourn for the 17 lives lost in last Thursday’s duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake. On Sunday afternoon, a memorial service was held at College of the Ozarks to comfort their spirits. 

In a chapel filled with such elegance, an aura of devastation overwhelmed its beauty.

 “Our lives were changed forever on July 19, 2018. Tragedy struck our community in an unimaginable way and our hearts are broken,” says Branson Mayor, Karen Best.

Dozens of people gathered for prayer to help mend those hearts.

 “Lord, in our grief, we turn to you and ask you to grant us peace,” says College of the Ozarks, Vice President, Dr. Justin Carswell. 
Even members of the community with no ties to the victims attended.

 “We don’t know anybody personally, but we live close by and we go to Branson all the time. It’s a real tragedy for the community and we wanted to come out and support,” says a memorial service attendee, David Wheeler. 

 “My heart just goes out to everybody and I want to show my respect. I don’t know how anyone recovers from that,” says a memorial service attendee, Carolyn Strauch. 

College of the Ozarks President, Dr. Jerry Davis says getting through the grief only comes through the grace of God. 

“I think one has to rely on one’s faith and there’s a lot of things that we can’t answer and the only one who can answer those questions is the Lord and we have to put our faith there,” says Dr. Davis. 

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