Services Set For Tarleton State Coeds, Graduate Killed In Head-On Crash

STEPHENVILLE (April 30, 2013)--Memorial services have been scheduled for two Tarleton State University coeds and a TSU graduate and his wife who were killed in a head-on collision Sunday afternoon in Erath County.

The four died when a Volkswagen in which Courtney Kay Smalley, 18, of Lipan was southbound on Highway 281 collided head on with a northbound a Mercedes driven by Matthew Lee Keith, 29, of Searcy, Ariz., the Department of Public Safety said.

Smalley and her passenger, Kimberly G. Peacock, 19, of Fort Worth, died in the crash.

Peacock and Smalley were both TSU students

Keith, a TSU graduate, and his wife, Audrey Keith, 26, also died.

At the time of the crash, the Keiths were headed back to Arkansas after visiting with Matthew Keith's father David Keith, who is pastor of the First Baptist Church in Carlton.

A campus memorial was scheduled Tuesday evening.

A service for Peacock, a sophomore who was studying animal science, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cottonwood Baptist Church in Dublin. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lacy Funeral Home in Stephenville.

A service for Smalley, a freshman interdisciplinary studies major, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Lipan High School gymnasium. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lipan First Baptist Church.

A memorial service for the Keiths is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carlton Baptist Church.

“The Tarleton family is grieving the loss of two current students, along with a former student and his wife, killed in a tragic car accident Sunday,” TSU President F. Dominic Dottavio said.

“Know that our hearts are heavy, and that you are forever in our thoughts and prayers,” he said.

Peacock and Smalley were members of the Epsilon Pi Chapter of Phi Mu, which is also planning a memorial and plans to establish a scholarship.