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You never know when your time is up

My cousin just called me and told me about some dear Christian friends of his that lost their son in a car wreck. Two other young men died with him in a car crash last Sunday morning. They were on their way back to Oxford, Mississippi to attend church like they always did.

VAIDEN, Miss. — The funeral is Wednesday in Madison for three Ole Miss students killed in a car crash.Samuel Clayton Kelly, 18; Charles Walker Kelly, 19; and Bryant Mason Wilbanks, 19, all of Madison, died Sunday while on their way back to school after a weekend trip home, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said. “They were on their way back to go to church with us,” said Kappa Alpha Order pledge brother William Boyle. “We had to be at church at 10:30 a.m. They just didn’t make it there.”Troopers said the crash was reported about 8:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 55 near the Vaiden exit. There were no witnesses to the crash, MHP said. A 2009 Infiniti was traveling north on I-55 when it veered into the median at state Highway 35. The car left the median, flipped over the overpass and landed upside down on Highway 35, Trooper Tony Dunn said. 

Walker Kelly, Sam Kelly and Mason Wilbanks, all three freshmen at Ole Miss, died in a crash on Interstate 55 early Sunday. More

Paramedics said all of the teenagers were pronounced dead at the scene. They were each graduates of Madison Central High School and freshmen at the University of Mississippi.”It’s just hard to put in words to describe what it’s like to work an accident like that,” Dunn said. 

Visitation for all three families will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brooadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. The funeral for the three friends is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. The families have requested that those attending the funeral wear red and blue. “I really don’t know how I’m going to make it without him being here, getting me through life,” said Wilbanks’ friend Anna Claire Giles. “He encouraged me. He was everything.”

 The families received the news of the crash just hours after saying goodbye to the three teenagers, who were headed back to Ole Miss after a surprise weekend at home.

 “(The visit home) was just the best surprise, and you know, it’s a surprise that I’ll always remember,” said Mason Wilbanks’ mother, Lynn Wilbanks. “I know why it was orchestrated the way that it was, because it was our last time with him.”


The families are members of Broadmoor Baptist Church. Many members of the church gathered there Sunday afternoon.”It’s tough. Hundreds and hundreds of kids are affected because they had siblings,” said Broadmoor student pastor Michael Kelly. “A lot of people are mourning and grieving and it’s just going to be a tough couple of days.”

 The Highway Patrol said the crash will be reconstructed to help investigators determine what went wrong.

 Dunn said this is not the first wreck to happen along that stretch of interstate.

 “In the last five or six years, we have had a couple similar wrecks,” Dunn said.

 MHP said there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene.

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These gentlemen were Christians and I am sure they would want me to share the gospel. So here it is:

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