Floodwaters claim life of Arkansas church member
On May 27 Ward and his parents, Steve and Dee Dee Ward, got in a boat and went to a water-covered pasture on the Red River to check on their property, the Texarkana Gazette reports. The river’s current pushed the family into a cluster of pecan trees and trapped the boat’s motor in the pasture land’s fence. The current then capsized the boat.
Rescue workers found Steve and Dee Dee Ward May 28, clinging to a fence gate. On June 7, authorities found Dugan Ward’s body.
The death occurred about 18 miles east of Foreman, Ark., where flooding in 2010 claimed the lives of 23-year-old Leslie Jez and her 3-year-old son, Kaden. Jez was a member of the Foreman Church of Christ.