Church service honors 7 victims of fatal plane crash on Lake Percy Priest | WJHL

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – Members of Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood have come together to remember their seven leaders who died in a plane crash on Lake Percy Priest.

The Saturday service came a week after the crash in Rutherford County.

The church posted images on its website showing a crowd of worshipers inside the church for a remembrance service to honor and support families who have lost loved ones. The event began with songs and music before the speakers made remarks.

“With such a great loss of so many parents and a spouse, I would like to, once again, remind the public to please respect the privacy of Michael and Elizabeth and all children who have lost their parents. during this time,” said Durville Patton, who is listed on the church’s website as a leader-turned-member in 2005. “We all have such great hope for all of these children because we know that not only will they be surrounded by loving help for years to come, but we know the spirit of the parents’ life still lives in these children.

The victims have been identified as William J. Lara, Gwen S. Lara, Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters and Brandon Hannah, all of Brentwood, Tennessee.

They were all said to have had an impact not only on the church, but also on the community.

Brentwood-based SpecialtyCare CEO Sam Weinstein spoke during Jonathan Walters’ job service as president of intraoperative neuromonitoring, one of the company’s largest and fastest growing divisions. business.

“Jonathan, JW, or J-Dub as we sometimes called him, ran the largest such service in the country and quite possibly the world,” Weinstein said. “When Jonathan was in a room at SpecialtyCare, he was the room. It was clear by the energy and love he put into his work that this was a mission for him.

Eldon and Sara Gormsen shared notes from the children of David and Jennifer Martin who had been members of Remnant Fellowship since 1999. “My dad was the most amazing dad ever. He was so caring, so loving, so humble, the fairest man I have ever known,” Eldon Gormsen read in Aaron Martin’s note. “It’s been said many times, but he had the most amazing voice you could hear.”

Alec Leaman was emotional when talking about working for Brandon Hannah for the past six years.

“Growing up, he was always one of those people that you looked up to and saw that kindness and joy and generosity,” Leaman said.

Church leaders thanked congregants and the community for supporting the families of victims since the devastating plane crash.

The church shared the full service on its website.

As for what led to the downing of the plane in the first place, the preliminary investigation could take up to 14 days, according to the NTSB, and the entire investigation could take 18 to 24 months. Crews completed the recovery process last Tuesday.