Dottie Rambo Funeral Set for May 19

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Funeral arrangements for gospel singer Dottie Rambo are set for Monday, May 19.

The memorial service will be held at 1 pm at the Christ Church in Nashville, Tenn. Visitation will begin Saturday, May 17 at the Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home. Both are open to the public.

Rambo, the reigning "queen of gospel music," passed away Sunday, May 11, after her bus tumbled down an embankment at about 2:19 a.m. High winds caught hold of the bus and pushed it off course. The singer was 79.

She and her crew were on her way to meet Lulu Roman and Naomi Sego at a concert in Texas, Judy Ferguson, the wife of Rambo's manager, said in a statement. Ferguson was also in the accident

Seven others, including Rambo's manager, his wife, their two sons and assistant, along with the bus driver, all survived the accident. Doctors say their recovery will be a long process.

Rambo began writing songs at age 8 and was performing country music at age 10. By the time she was 12, she'd given her life to Christ, and started her own Christian center.

Rambo's music had been performed by renowned artists, including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Whitney Houston. She has made several appearances on The 700 Club.

"She was one of the most prolific writers of gospel music in the history of the world," Pat Robertson said. "She's in the presence of the Lord right now."

Singer Reba McEntire also admired Rambo. "Dottie has given so much to the music world, because her gift of music came with the sweetest spirit," she said.

Rambo had written and performed more than 2,500 songs, from gospel to pop, even after suffering spinal damage in 1989.

She was inducted in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last year. Her newest album, "Sheltered," is due to be released this summer.

"We have lost one of the truly great poets, but her voice will only be amplified by death," gospel songqriter Gloria Gaither said. "Songs of Dottie Rambo will more insistently than ever speak to the experiences of life bringing hope, counsel, encouragement and perspective."

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Sources: Gospel Music Update, Dottie Rambo Music

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