Odell Anderson, president of the Subligna Community Center, told AM 1180 Chattooga Radio News that the news of the passing of Gospel Great Dottie Rambo would be felt in the community, especially in the Subligna area.
Less than a year ago on October 25, Dottie Rambo performed a concert to raise money for the Subligna Community Center. Ms. Rambo donated her time for the concert and all the proceeds went to the Community Center. She performed around 10-15 songs at the concert that night according to Anderson. When she left the concert, Rambo was on her way on Friday to meet with her good friend Dolly Parton in Tennessee. Anderson said there was a good crowd in attendence at the concert from all over Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The Sunday before her Subligna appearance Ms. Rambo had been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Anderson said that Ms. Rambo was very gracious and wanted to come back to Subligna this year and wanted all of her fans to know how much she appreciated them.
Dottie Rambo was killed in a bus accident in Southwest Missouri around 2 AM Sunday Morning. Reports indicate that the driver of the bus lost control and the bus crashed throwing the 74 year old Country Gospel Singer to the floor and she died from injuries sustained in the accident.
Country singer Dolly Parton said in a statement that Rambo was a "dear friend."
"I know Dottie is in heaven in the arms of God right now, but our earth angel will surely be missed," Parton said. "Dottie was a dear friend, a fellow singer, songwriter and entertainer, and as of late my duet singing partner.
"Dottie, stand by the river and wait for me. I will always love you, Dolly."
Parton also sent condolences to Ferguson "and everyone involved in this terrible tragedy."
Ms. Rambo was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.
"I look at it as we really lost a legend, because she wrote some incredible songs for the church," said contemporary Christian star Michael W. Smith.
"We would meet, and I would think she wouldn’t have any idea who I am, but she would treat me like I was a big thing, yet I’d be thinking she had the story flipped around," Smith said.
Ms. Rambo has had more than 2,500 published songs, including gospel classics such as "He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need" and the 1982 Gospel Music Association Song of the Year, "We Shall Behold Him."
"Dottie was one of the most prolific songwriters the gospel music community has ever seen," said John Styll, president and CEO of the Gospel Music Association.
"She was a friendly, fun person who I think people are really going to miss on a human level."
Ms. Rambo’s new album Sheltered is still scheduled to be released this summer, according to her management.
The album was originally dedicated to Porter Wagoner, who died last year.
"She was what I call an original," said gospel singer Bill Gaither. "She was unlike anyone else I knew. She was truly a poet and a dear friend. This will be a big loss."
Dolly Parton & Dottie Rambo