Earl L. Gresham, the long-time founder and pastor of the Faith and Love Church in New Albany, Indiana, was struck by two cars and died on Friday.
A beloved pastor and a veteran of the US Army UU He was killed on an Indiana highway while trying to help his daughter, who ran out of fuel while driving on Friday morning.
Earl L. Gresham, 73, was trying to cross the six lanes of I-65 to get to the Indiana State Police officers waiting with their daughter north of the road, around 4 am, when he was run over by two cars.
Gresham was the preacher for a long time at the Church of Faith and Love in New Albany, Indiana. He founded the house of worship some 35 years ago.
"My husband was a really good man," said Cynthia Gresham, 66, to Indy Star. "It would help anyone, no matter what time they called, he would try to help them."
Police say Gresham crossed the three lanes to the south of the road and the median in an attempt to reach his daughter, but a Toyota Camry hit him as he crossed the lanes to the north. Then he was hit by a semitractor-trailer.
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The Toyota Camry was "badly damaged" in the accident, according to police, but the driver was unharmed. Although they will conduct an investigation, they said at this time that there is no evidence to accuse any of the drivers.
Gresham served in the US Army. UU From 1965 to 1967, during which time he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. Apart from those two years, he lived the entirety of his life in New Albany, Indiana. He grew up with his six brothers and four sisters, and he and his wife Cynthia had three children and seven grandchildren.
"He even picked up his grandchildren every Sunday to take them to church and everything," said Cynthia Gresham. "I just can not get over it."
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According to Cynthia, Gresham's older brother just pbaded away last week and the pastor presided over his brother's funeral.
The tributes have already begun to spill into social networks for Gresham, who was a staple of the small rural community.
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"Faith and Love Church lost a Saint last night, but Brother Earl earned his wings," New Albany resident Jeff Hardin wrote on Facebook. "Fly high, we'll take it from here, one of the best clerics that ever lived."