UPDATE: Gospel legend Dottie Rambo killed in accident

By: Nick Bona Email
By: Nick Bona Email

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) – KNOXVILLE (WVLT) – Gospel music legend Dottie Rambo, 74 was killed early Sunday morning when her tour bus ran off the road in southwest Missouri and struck an embankment.

Rambo played a show Saturday evening in Granite City, Illinois, and was headed to play a Sunday night show in North Richland Hills, Texas when the wreck occurred a couple miles east of Mount Vernon on I-44.

Representatives from her recording label confirmed to WVLT that the Kentucky native was asleep at the time of the accident, and her manager Larry Ferguson was on the bus along with his wife and two children.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a total of seven people were on the bus and injured in the accident. They were all hospitalized in Springfield with injuries ranging from moderate to severe.

Dottie Rambo was regarded as a legend throughout the musical community. She was born in the western Kentucky coal mining town of Madisonville and began singing when she was 12 years old.

She has published more than 2,500 songs, including “We Shall Behold Him,” “Holy Spirit Though Art Welcome (In the Place),” and “I Go to the Rock.”

She was awarded the 1968 Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance for “The Soul of Me.”

In 2006, Former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher approved Rambo’s induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, and she was made a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Upon learning of her death, Dolly Parton issued a release calling Dottie, “a dear friend, fellow singer, songwriter and entertainer, and lately duet singing partner.”

Doug Hutchison, who is the son of current Mulls Singing Convention host Charlotte Mull Hutchison and grandson of Rev. J. Bazzel Mull said Dottie devoted herself to music and the lord.

“She was in Illinois last night and headed to Texas for another concert today,” he said. “It's hard to be sad for Dottie, because we know where she is.”

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  • by Ruth Location: Aberdeen,Ms. on Sep 28, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    Dottie's music has been a tremendous blessing to me.God's grace is sufficient for us during these sad times.Let's just rest in Him.My prayers are with you Reba,and the whole family.God bless all who love her music.We are kindred spirits. Thank You Lord,for writers and singers like Dottie.God Bless
  • by Connie Location: Papillion NE on Sep 15, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    Now she sings for God above. I hope someday I can join her chorus in heaven!
  • by vernon Location: manchester ky on Aug 28, 2008 at 06:17 PM
    dottie was a very good song writer i listen to her songs many times and she has brought tears to my eyes many times i loved her music she was a women of god and a poet i all ways love you dottie rambo
  • by Dario Location: Virginia on Aug 19, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    I'm glad, first of all that Dottie is in heaven-glad she died in her sleep and feel God allowed that to ease or alleviate fright or perhaps pain to her. I've been to hear her sing on earth, and was brought to tears by her music many times. I am 63 and no doubt will shortly be hearing her sing again in heaven. I may even join her! What a loss for us-what a gain for heaven!!
  • by Rayetta Location: Orange, CA on Jun 5, 2008 at 12:41 AM
    So sorry to hear of the accident that took Dottie's life, I have enjoyed her life and music. It is our loss and her gain. She is now beholding the Lord she wrote and sang about. I am praying for her family for I know of the great loss they still feel.
  • by Juanita Location: Florida on Jun 1, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    I have rejoiced for many hours in your music. A true gift from God, and an inspiration to all. See you at the house.
  • by Patricia Location: New York on May 30, 2008 at 11:43 AM
    A warrior walked through the pearly gates, striking up the band, and her audience in Heaven awaits. You have done wonderful here, but as you behold Him, sweeter lyrics awaits. You are loved and deeply appreciated over the years Dottie. Family, we are praying for you; thank you for sharing your gift of love with the world.
  • by Lynn Location: Iowa on May 19, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    My heart goes out to Dottie's family. I'm so sorry for your great loss. I rejoice with Dottie, for she is there with Jesus... How awesome that must be for her!!!!!!!!! Thankfully we will behold Him,too...and we will see her again!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Melissa Location: Nashville on May 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    Tears will never stain the streets of that city, but a river will be shed here for Dottie Rambo in the next few days. You never realize what someone really means to you until they are gone. My thoughts and prayers are wilh Reba and her family. Love your mothers people and show them you do.
  • by Michael Horner Location: Dallas Texas on May 15, 2008 at 09:32 PM
    You really never know the impact a person has on your life until they are not here any longer, so true is is in my lifetime with Dottie, “What a impact”. Thank you Dottie for your unwavering Christian Holy Spirit inspired life and works! You Are So very missed. Dottie, you now are certainly, “Sheltered Safe Within the Arms of God”!!! Michael Horner


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