Gospel Legend Dottie Rambo Killed In Tour Bus Accident

By: Courtesy Volunteertv.com / WVLT
By: Courtesy Volunteertv.com / 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 performed just last month at the Roanoke Rapids Theatre with Hee Haw star LuLu Roman.

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 our sister station, 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 Kenneth Willis Location: Gloucester, NC on May 14, 2008 at 05:47 PM
    Sister Dottie will be throughly missed by who knew and loved her. She now is singing the Bro. & Sis. Howard Goodman. God bless the family. Respectfully & Heartfelt Sympathy, Kenneth Willis
  • by Angie Location: Macclesfield, NC on May 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM
    I had the opportunity to meet Mrs.Rambo and she was truly a loving and caring person. I know she will be truly missed. My heart goes out to all of her family and friends. GOD Bless
  • by Janie Location: Illinois on May 13, 2008 at 07:24 PM
    Just heard the news about Ms. Dottie Rambo - sad but yet happy for her! Sad knowing that she will be deeply missed by those who were so close to her but yet happy knowing she is in a wonderful place that we can all look forward to going to someday.Faith will carry us through. Please go to www.myspace.com/janiedyouhas to listen to a song I wrote that helps us through those times of hurt! Remember - Just keep a song in your heart and a smile on your face! I grew up listening to Dottie and she has been a big influence on my singing/writing gospel music. My moms favorite song was "I go to the Rock". Thank you Dottie. Love, jane
  • by Melissa Location: Indiana on May 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    Dottie was one of my favorite singer very much anointed a real Blessing..I will miss her I love all of her songs and sing many of them myself.Grew up listening to her. I am very sad that the industry will loose someone so special to many..Blessings to the family and to manger Larry and his family.
  • by sherree Location: Tennessee on May 13, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    I came to America when I was 7 and her song Sheltered in the arms of God was the very first song I sang in church. I am 44 now and still singing for the Lord. She will be missed and was loved by many! Her family has touched our lives over the years and our hearts and prayers are with all of them
  • by Risha Location: Apopka, Florida on May 13, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Reba and your family. We love Dottie!!!
  • by Jen Location: NC on May 13, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    to David from Canada,... You shouldn't criticize others without proof reading your own comment first...
  • by Rhonda Location: Chicago on May 12, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    She's safe in the arms of God. She was such a talented lady...She will be missed but not forgotten. I've sang many of her songs. My prayers go out to her family.
  • by Barbara Location: MI on May 12, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    My heart is broken. I have seen Dottie and her family many times. Her song are never old. They can speak to you in the 50-endless age. May God be with Reba and her family in this hard time. My love to the the Rambo family. barbara
  • by Louise Location: Chocowinity on May 12, 2008 at 11:45 AM
    I loved the story on Dottie Rambo but whoever the writer of this article is they need to captilize Lord.

    Editor's Note: Fixed...the "deer" comment fixed as well.

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