Attached is the memorial statement from the Colonial
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From: "Karen MANSFIELD" <jkrkman@...
To: "Commissioners" <Commissioners@yahoogroups.com
>, "Jarrod Holmes"
>, "Phil Kuestner"
>, "Cindy Mcclure"
Subject: [Commissioners] Fw: Great Saddness
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 12:56:35 -0700
>I agree strongly Doc. Commissioners, and Council
>Professionals, is there something we can do to help from
>our Council or District? I would be more than happy to help
>Doc with this. Is there a good turn week assignment we as a
>district/council/WB staff can do? We all know this is
>tragic and can happen in ANY council/district. I feel for
>these families and as part of that scouting family, we
>should try and help in some way. Please let me know your
>thoughts??? Karen Mansfield
>PROUD to be a SCOUTER
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>From: Doolittle, Doc<mailto:doc.doolittle@...>
>To: Karen MANSFIELD<mailto:jkrkman@...>
>Sent: Monday, November 06, 2006 10:45 AM
>Subject: Great Saddness
>I have pasted an article here and I would like to know if
>Arapahoe Dist or maybe even DAC can do something to assist
>these families in their time of Tragic Loss? Please let me
>know your thoughts and I will do anything I can to support
>an effort from here in Denver
>Committee Chair, Troop 117
>Once a Scout, Always a Scout
>303 677-0508 (W)
>303 203-0430 (Pager)
>3 Franklin Boy Scouts, leader killed driving home from camp
>By STEVE STONE, LINDA MCNATTAND DAVE FORSTER, The
>Virginian-Pilot ÃÂ© November 5, 2006 | Last
>AM Nov. 6
>SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY Three Boy Scouts and one of their
>troop leaders died in a fiery wreck Sunday after the sport
>utility vehicle they were in ran off a road and struck a
>All of the victims were affiliated with Troop 17 of
>Franklin and were returning home from a weekend scouting
>event in Blackstone, a city about 75 miles northwest of
>Sgt. D.S. Carr, a State Police spokesman, said a fourth
>Scout, the driverâs son, managed to pull himself from
>burning vehicle and is hospitalized.
>This is just such a tragic loss, said Carr, who was at the
>scene of the crash on the edge of Sebrell, a small
>community of a few dozen homes in Southampton County.
>The driver of the 2002 Chevrolet was identified as
>Assistant Scoutmaster John Oliver, 43, of the 100 block of
>Rawlsdale Drive in Franklin.
>Oliver was an 18-year Marine Corps veteran and a survivor
>of the 1983 bombing
>of a U.S. military compound in Beirut, Lebanon.
>It was his son, Michael John Oliver, 12, who escaped.
>The boy was flown from the crash to Sentara Norfolk General
>Hospital, where he was being treated for broken bones and
>other injuries but was listed in good condition Sunday,
>State Police Sgt. Greg Jackson said.
>The three boys who died were Luke Drewry, 12, of Franklin;
>Jackson Fox, 13, of the 24000 block of Orchard Lane in
>Capron; and Carter Thomas Stephenson, 14, of the 100 block
>of Park Circle in Franklin. A street address was not
>available for Drewry.
>They were outstanding in scouting, said Phillip Bradshaw, a
>Scout leader in Carrsville who said he knew all of the boys
>really a sad, sad thing, said Bradshaw, who had just
>returned from a camping trip to Manassas with his own troop
>over the weekend.
>The four Scouts and Oliver were heading home from a
>Methodist scouting event in Blackstone, said Amanda Wroten,
>a spokeswoman for the Colonial Virginia Council of the Boy
>Scouts of America, of which Troop 17 is a member.
>We are concerned for the families of the Scouts and for the
>scouting family as a whole, and thats what we are focusing
>on right now, Wroten said Sunday evening. Scouting is one
>The councilâs executive director, Dick Collins, went
>Franklin on Sunday afternoon to meet with the troops
>leadership and some of the families, Wroten said.
>Were going to try and make grief counseling available for
>anyone who needs it, Wroten said. And if there is anything
>else they need, well try to help.
>News of the deaths swept quickly through Franklin, where a
>service of support was held at 5 p.m. at Franklin Baptist
>The whole community of Franklin is devastated by this event
>, said Susan Powell, a friend of Carter Stephensonâs
>We knew Carter through the community and through our church
>, said Powell, whose husband is also involved in scouting.
>Carter, a Franklin High School freshman, was a wonderful,
>kind, endearing boy, she said, always eager to help, to be
>involved. He was a wonderful, fun child. He needed only two
>more merit badges to earn Scoutingâs highest rank,
>Dora Gurganus, of Southampton County, a friend of the Fox
>family, was at their home Sunday night. She said it speaks
>volumes for all of the boys that they were good Scouts,
>good students and hard workers.
>This was a horrible accident, a loss to everybody in the
>community, Gurganus said. Jackson was just living life to
>the fullest. He was dedicated to his church. A good student
>, a good boy.
>Jackson was a student at Southampton Academy. He had one
>brother. Gurganus said the boys family is one of the most
>respected farm families in Southampton.
>Lynn Rothwell said his son-in-law, John Oliver, was a
>native of Lorraine, Ohio, who, after his marriage to a
>Franklin woman, came to the city to raise his family and
>work with children.
>Even though he was left with a disability after the Beirut
>explosion more than 20 years ago, Oliver was able to coach
>baseball and soccer, Rothwell said. He was very involved
>A person who answered the phone at the Drewry home Sunday
>night said the family preferred to not make a statement.
>Carr said the single-vehicle wreck occurred at 12:10 p.m.
>on Va. 35, or Plank Road, near its intersection with Barn
>Tavern Road in northern Southampton County. The SUV was the
>second of two vehicles carrying 10 boys home from their
>The crash remains under investigation.
>We donât know why it happened, Carr said. There are a
>Carr said all the bodies were sent to the State Medical
>Examiners office in Norfolk to determine the cause of
>death. In the case of the driver, he said, any
>possibilities of a medical condition or other contributing
>factors would be checked.
>Hopefully, with the son, if he was cognitive of what was
>going on, he can give us a statement of what he remembers
>happening prior to the crash, Carr said.
>The area where the wreck occurred is posted for a speed
>limit of 55 mph, and Carr said there was no evidence that
>excessive speed was involved.
>The SUV had just gone through the first of two curves when
>it ran off the road, Carr said. The first is posted with a
>sign alerting drivers to the turn. The second, slighter
>turn is not posted, he said.
>There was no evidence of tire marks to indicate that the
>driver tried to get back onto the pavement once the SUV ran
>off the left side of the road, Carr said.
>It pretty much went straight off the curve and right into
>the tree, Carr said.
>The other adult in the group, driving the first vehicle,
>witnessed the wreck. She happened to look into her rear
>view mirror just at the moment of the crash , Carr said.
>She said it basically exploded when she saw it.
>was very traumatic for her, he said.
>The woman, whose name was not released, immediately stopped
>and turned around , Carr said.
>Several nearby residents scrambled out to help, Carr said.
>But in just the few moments it took for them to get to the
>SUV, the eruption of flames made rescue impossible.
>By the time they got to it, there was nothing they could do
>, Carr said. They called for help and tended to the sole
>The boys were among more than 1,200 youths from the Boy
>Scouts and the Girl Scouts attending a three-day Virginia
>United Methodist Scouting Fellowship.
>The annual event, hosted for more than 20 years by the
>United Methodist Men, is held at the Virginia Methodist
>Conference Center in Blackstone.
>The whole scouting community is going to be shocked in the
>morning, I know, said Dave Wilkinson, an assistant
>Scoutmaster who has led a Blackstone troop since 1988.
>Wilkinson said taking Scouts to such events always carries
>a hefty measure of concern.
>like my biggest fear, he said, bringing everybody home
>On the road, he said, youâre 10 times more careful
>you would be any other time, if not 100.
>Troop 17 is the oldest and largest in Franklin,
>headquartered at High Street United Methodist Church.
>Its part of the Colonial Council, which serves 10,000
>Scouts in Emporia, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News,
>Poquoson, Smithfield, Suffolk, and Williamsburg as well as
>the counties of Brunswick, Gloucester, Greensville, Isle of
>Wight, James City, Mathews, Surry, Sussex, Southampton, and
>Staff Writer Jim Washington contributed to this story.
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