Memorial service for Payne Stewart set for Friday
Tuesday, October 26th 1999, 12:00 am
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A memorial service for golfer Payne Stewart
will be held Friday at the First Baptist Church of Orlando, where
Stewart attended services and where his children go to day school.
With 10,000 members, the church is the largest in Orlando and
seats more than 5,000 people in its worship center. Stewart had
recently donated $500,000 to the church.
Family members were hoping Nashville-based Christian singer
Michael W. Smith would perform at the service, said the Rev. Steve
Smith, one of the church's 15 pastors.
The Rev. Jim Henry, the church's senior pastor, and the Rev.
J.B. Collingsworth, who was especially close to Stewart and his
family, were expected to deliver eulogies.
Stewart, 42, and five others were killed Monday when the jet
they were in nosedived into a South Dakota field after flying on
auto pilot for 1,400 miles across the country.
While Stewart's family made plans for the service, friends
continued Tuesday to pay their respects at the Stewarts' gated
mansion in the Windermere community, about 10 miles southwest of
Orlando. A steady stream of people came to comfort Stewart's wife,
Tracey, and their children, 13-year-old Chelsea and 10-year-old
Also killed were Stewart's sports agents Robert Fraley, 46, and
Van Ardan, 45; and pilots Michael Kling, 43, and Stephanie
Bellegarrigue, 27. Also believed to be aboard was Bruce Borland,
40, a golf course designer.
Separate services for Fraley, Ardan and Borland were tentatively
scheduled for Thursday. No arrangements had been made for Ms.
Bellegarrigue as of Tuesday, said Helena Reidemar, a friend.
Plans for Kling were not immediately available.