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Sunday services held at Front Street Baptist Church after deadly bus accident

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STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville is still coping with the Tennessee bus crash that killed eight people, including six of their members. 

Some church members are still in a Tennessee hospital with injuries from the crash. 

18 church members may have been missing from the Sunday services but the church was full of prayers.

Front Street Baptist church asked reporters to leave video cameras outside but allowed the media inside to report on the emotionally charged service.

Going to church Sunday morning was necessary for many members of the Front Street Baptist church.

18 people were on the bus carrying the Young at Heart church group on Wednesday when it crashed on a Tennessee interstate.

Other community churches sent their own members to help handle the overflow crowd.

"The community and their church really showed up for one another today so I hope they were very encouraged," said Brent Bowman of Western Avenue Baptist, "I know the Lord was honored in that service."

Inside the church before a cross were eight single white roses in vases for each of the people who died Wednesday, including the 6 church members, the driver of the semi-truck and a passenger in the SUV.

Pastor Tim Stutts gave a sermon that spoke about everyone on the bus.  Mary Little isn't a member of the congregation but attended the service.

"He talked of them so highly," said Little of New Faith Trinity Church, "He even had us laughing."

Stutts talked about how the Morrisons helped him when he started at the church.  He said at that time he was skinny, Randy's spaghetti got him.

Of course there were many tears, and Stutts pressed on through the sorrow with his sermon to speak about Brenda Smith and how he knew her daughter since high school.

He said each of the 6 people who died were dedicated to missions.

Stutts said Marsha McLellan's husband, Ed, told her last week, "when I look at you I see Jesus."

He told a story about how John Wright tried to explain his faith to someone and said Christians aren't perfect.

And Stutts said Cloyce Matheny was an intelligent man who at 95 could still give details of all his mission trips.

"They seem to be beautiful people, wonderful, God-fearing, loving people," said Tracy Morgan of New Faith Trinity Church. 

Pastor Stutts said everyone who was injured has shown signs of improvement but their conditions vary from stable to critical. Three people were released. 

He said Sandy Boyer stayed in Tennessee to be with her husband, Pastor Marvin who is in critical condition and sedated.

Sunday was not a memorial service.  There will be a community-wide memorial service at 6:30 PM Wednesday night at Statesville High School.

Front Street Baptist Church will be busy this week holding individual memorial services.  The details for those currently scheduled are below:

John Wright
Visitation: 5-8 PM Monday, October 7, 2013 at Front Street Baptist Church
Service: 3 PM Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Front Street Baptist Church

Cloyce Matheny
Visitation: 7-8:30 PM Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Bunch Johnson Funeral Home
Service: 2 PM Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Front Street Baptist Church
In lieu of flowers, donations to be given to the FSBC Youth Ministry.

Randy & Barbara Morrison
2 PM Thursday, October 10, 2013 Private Graveside Service at Oakwood Cemetery
5 PM Thursday, October 10, 2013 Cookout and Celebration of Life at Front Street

Conditions of everyone in the bus crash were provided by Front Street Baptist Church:
Marvin Boyer - hospitalized, critical, sedated

Sandy Boyer - released from hospital, remaining in Knoxville to care for Marvin

Benny Elledge - hospitalized, serious, alert and responsive

Libby Elledge - hospitalized, critical, sedated

Norma Hellard - hospitalized, good condition, improving, alert and responsive

Brenda Jolly - home, good condition

Wanda Martin - home, good condition

Cloyce Matheny - home with our Lord

Ed McLelland - hospitalized, serious but improving

Marsha McLelland - home with our Lord

Barbara Morrison - home with our Lord

Randy Morrison - home with our Lord

Brenda Smith - home with our Lord

Lynn Smith - hospitalized, serious but improving, alert and responsive

Doris Swaim - hospitalized, stable, alert and responsive

Steve Swaim - hospitalized, stable, alert and responsive

Beverly Wright - critical but stable, alert and responsive

John Wright - home with our Lord

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