Texas Pastor Killed by Lightning
July 25, 2007
San Antonio, Texas-The pastor of a
local San Antonio church was killed by a lightning strike Tuesday
afternoon while hiking with his two sons in the Lost Maples State
Natural Area near Vanderpool. The park is located about 65 miles
northwest of San Antonio.
50-year-old William Clardy, pastor of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church
and his two teenage sons were seeking shelter from the rain under
a cedar tree when he was hit by lightning and killed instantly,
Clardy's 18-year-old son ran for help, but responding emergency
personal were unable to revive the pastor. "We were too late
when we got there," Los Maples Lead Park Ranger Bill Bailey
said. "He was already deceased."
The two brothers suffered non-life-threatening injuries but were
rushed to University Hospital for observation and were later released.
"There were mostly burn marks
around their ankles where the lightning passed through," Bailey
Clardy had been paster at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church located
at 7804 Eckhard Road for the past three years.
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