May 4, 2016 Edition

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WBC mourns loss of Vickers


The Williams Baptist College family is grieving the loss of one of its own, after sophomore psychology major Britny Vickers of Homosassa, Fla., was killed in a car accident Monday night in Walnut Ridge.

Vickers, 20, was killed when the 2010 Toyota Corolla, she was driving southbound on Highway 63 near the intersection with Highway 91, was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet pickup that had crossed the centerline.

The driver of the pickup, John Kevin Elledge, 59, of Pocahontas, was also killed in the accident, which occurred at approximately 9:39 p.m. Monday night.

The driver and passenger in a third vehicle, a northbound 2005 Dodge pickup that struck the Chevrolet after it overturned, were injured in the accident. Douglas McConnell, 48, of Cherokee Village and James Estes, 67, of Ash Flat, were transported to St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

A campus memorial service for Vickers, who was a midfielder for the WBC Lady Eagles soccer team, is planned for today at noon in WBC's Manley Chapel. Other funeral arrangements are pending.

Hundreds of Vickers' classmates, as well as Williams faculty and staff, filled Manley Chapel to grieve and pray together Monday night after getting news of the tragedy.

"Williams Baptist College is a tight knit campus family, and we feel this loss profoundly," said Dr. Tom Jones, WBC's president. "Britny enriched our campus with a wonderful personality and ever-present smile. We mourn with her family, her classmates and her teammates, and we offer our fervent prayers on their behalf."

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