Pastor remembers life of woman struck, killed by car on walk home from church

Pastor remembers life of woman struck, killed by car on walk home from church

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - More details have been revealed about the woman hit by a car and killed while walking home from church in Jones County.

The victim was identified as Ella Louise Perdue.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol said she was hit while walking across the street from First Baptist Church of Sharon right after revival.

It happened just after 8 p.m. Wednesday night on Sharon Road.

Pastor Matt Olson spoke fondly about the legacy Perdue leaves behind.

"Ms. Louise was one of our longtime members," Pastor Matt Olson said. "To know her was to love her."

Ella Louise Perdue, 74, lived yards away from the front doors of First Baptist Church of Sharon. She was crossing the street Wednesday night minutes after revival ended, going home, when she was hit and killed by an oncoming car.

"I'm very thankful for our leaders here who rushed to Ms. Louise's side in the midst of that time to try and revive her," 
Olson said. "Leadership was shown last night, faith was shown last night, and the peace of God was shown in the midst of tears."

Pastor Matt Olson said Perdue was a fixture in the pew. She was a loving woman who put service above self.

"What she was called to do was to serve people," 
Olson said. "Every person that talked about her and still talks about her talked about what a great servant heart she had. She's a fireball. That's one thing we appreciate about her is her stand for Christ and her love for this church."

As the congregation mourned and prayed, they remembered the woman they called, Ms. Louise as a kindhearted woman full of a loving spirit who loved to cook.

"Prayed, cried with a lot of them," 
Olson added.  "As we talked last night as we came back into the sanctuary. Our worship leader led us in with, 'It Is Well With My Soul' to try and calm us in the presence of God."

Perdue is survived by two sons. Her funeral arrangements are pending.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol said they are investigating the accident, and no charges have been filed.