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John S
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May 11, 2008, 2:24PM
Gospel singer Dottie Joyce Rambo dies

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — Gospel singer-songwriter Joyce "Dottie" Rambo died early Sunday when the bus she was in ran off a road in southwest Missouri and struck an embankment.

Rambo, 74, of Nashville, Tenn., died in the crash about two miles east of Mount Vernon on Interstate 44, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Seven other people in the bus were injured, and were hospitalized in Springfield with moderate to severe injuries, the patrol said.

It was unclear if the accident, which occurred about 2 a.m., was weather-related, the patrol said. Severe storms and tornadoes hit the region about 6 p.m. Saturday, killing 14 people. Sustained winds and storms swept through the area later in the night, according to the National Weather Service.

"She was a giant in the gospel music industry," said Beckie Simmons, Rambo's agent. "Dolly Parton recorded some of her songs."

She was on her way to a Mother's Day performance in North Richland Hills, Texas, according to her Web site.

Rambo was inducted to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Rambo has had more than 2,500 published songs, including gospel classics such as "He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need" and the 1982 Gospel Music Association Song of the Year, "We Shall Behold Him."

My heart is literally broken. Dottie wrote the songs that seemed to express so much about God and life and from the time I first heard her voice as a small boy, I fell in love with her. I never met her, never saw her perform, but this one person left a powerful impact on me as a child and as an adult.
 
The world has lost a mighty woman, but Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.
 
My prayers are with Dotties family.

John
Louise
 #2 
OH JOHN! This is such tragic and sad news for me. I loved this precious lady ...saw her perform many times. The songs she wrote inspired me so much. She will surely be missed. I know the Angels in Heaven are now rejoicing.
My prayers are with her family and friends.
 
                              God Bless
Carol
 #3 
What sad and tragic news...I also love Dottie and the songs she wrote so much.  I saw her perform at Dollywood a few years ago.  She was such a tiny and frail woman at that time.  I'm so glad she was inducted into so many music and songwriting halls of fame in recent years.  I know she is sheltered in the arms of God now, but we will miss her and her grace and loving spirit. 

Thanks for posting this, John.  My heart is broken for this loss.
MaryLou
 #4 
I remember singing her songs when I was in youth choir at church...this saddens me.  My prayers go out to her family.
The Ol' Dawg
 #5 

A true gospel legend - Dottie will be greatly missed.

Kaye
 #6 

I was just listening to her sing this morning on YouTube. I was unaware of her accident and death until Kenny told me. She certainly touched my spirit when she sang.I am sure she will be greatly missed." The{Her }Heart Will Never Break Anymore." The title to one of my favorite songs she sang.

Carol Cox
 #7 

John, I was so sorry to hear about "your" Dottie. Although I wasn't familiar with her music, I know she meant a great deal to you. It is sad that she was taken in such a tragic way, but as you said Heaven has gained a precious Angel. I will pray for comfort for her family and for all of those whose lives she touched in such a positive way.  

CT
 #8 
Just now read about this.  Shocked, and boy have I heard and even sung many of the gospel songs by Dottie Rambo.  Prayers for the family and gospel music family across our land.

~CT
from Dottierambo.net
 #9 

Margaret Bailey
 #10 

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Dottie, she was a hero to me and her songs always lifted my spirit. My family and I will miss her dearly

Rose
 #11 

This is such sad news for sure. Dottie Rambo was one of the most prolific songwriters in music-period, and I'm sure many in all walks of music are mourning this loss.  Not too long ago, I was watching old footage of a Gaither gathering and there she was, singing one of her songs.  She wrote many many inspiring songs and was truly blessed with a gift.

Jerry Vandiver
 #12 

 Dear Rhonda and Rage Fans".
  Thank You All For Your Kind Posts Of Ms. Dottie:                                       This Is Indeed Very Sad News of A Dear Sweet Christian Lady Whose Work and Belief In Our Lord and Saviour Was Beyond Reproach. She Wrote and Co-Wrote Many Gospel Sopngs With The Great Now Deceased Governor Jimmie H. Davis Of Louisiana.  God Rest Her Dear Soul.
             Thank You All___________] Jerry Vandiver, Emerson Ga.
Julia
 #13 
My prayers go out to Dottie's family and friends. What a very sad day.
Tom Alman
 #14 
Aa day indeed! It seems that we are having too many of these days!!!

Tom
BEA
 #15 
OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY AND ALL HER FRIENDS..
WE ALL WELL MISS THIS TALENTED LADY..
MAY  THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT .. COMFORT US ALL
 WE ARE ALSO PRAYING FOR HER BAND MEMBERS...


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