Services planned for victims of tragic automobile accident

By Kristy O’Keefe and Alex Parrott​ – 

Funeral arrangements have been set for victims of a tragic automobile accident that took place on Sunday on U.S. Highway 281. Kimberly Peacock, Courtney Smalley, Matthew L. Keith and his wife, Audrey Keith, were killed in the accident.

According to a Tarleton press release, “the Tarleton community is welcome to attend a memorial service for Kimberly Genice Peacock and Courtney Smalley from 8-9 p.m., at the Baptist Student Ministry located at the corner of McIlhaney and Tarleton streets across from the east gates. The service is being hosted by Cottonwood Baptist Church.”

Visitation for Kimberly Peacock will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lacy Funeral Home, 401 N. McIlhaney St. in Stephenville. Her funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cottonwood Baptist Church in Dublin, according to Lacy Funeral Home. ​Peacock was a Tarleton sophomore from Fort Worth, studying animal science.

According to Lipan ISD, services for Courtney Smalley will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Lipan High School in the new gymnasium. Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church of Lipan from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The family has requested that those attending the service wear pink. Smalley was a freshman from Tarleton, majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

Peacock and Smalley were both active members in the Phi Mu sorority, in which they shared the same “big sister.”

​A memorial service for Matthew Keith and wife, Audrey Keith, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carlton Baptist Church. Matthew Keith was a former Tarleton student who studied mathematics and physics in 2003. According to the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, he and his wife were on their way back to their home in Searcy, Ark., after attending a wedding and visiting Keith’s parents, David and Vicki in Carlton, where David is pastor of Carlton Baptist Church.

​Dr. Dottavio said in his statement that: “Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about the tragic deaths… the loss of ones so young and so filled with promise and vitality leaves a profound wound on all of us at Tarleton. To all the friends and family of Courtney, Kimberly, Matthew and Audrey, we wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your thoughts. Know that our hearts are heavy, and that you are forever in our thoughts and prayers.”

​As stated in Rusty Jergins informational email, “If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact Jergins in the office of student life at (254) 968-9081 or stop by Room 221 of the administration building.”

Additional reporting by Editor-in-Chief, Landon Haston.

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