Arkansas Wife Speaks on Family’s Passing in Branson


OSCEOLA, Ar. (WREG for CBS News)  — Father and son, Steve and Lance Smith, ages 53 and 15, were from Osceola, Arkansas. They were among those killed in the duck boat sinking in Branson last week.  Friends and family share their memories of the two.

Steve Smith was a retired teacher and a church deacon.

“No finer individuals in Osceola but these two men and this family,” Mayor of Osceola and family friend Dickie Kennemore said.

Steve’s wife Pam, decided not to get on the ride the day of the accident and was hospitalized with the stress of the tragedy.

She recalls her final conversation with her husband.

“Well, because I was away from them I noticed the weather getting bad and of course, I knew where they were – and um, so I called I believe it was like 7, shortly after 7 just to check on them,” Pam said. “And Steve said – I said are you on the lake? – yes – and I said you know, why? – and he said well it wasn’t, the weather wasn’t bad when we left but it’s gotten bad, waves were giant waves, and he said it’s not good Pam and I told him I loved him, he told me he loved me, and I asked him to take care of the kids. That- that- that was our last words.”

Pam’s daughter Loren was on the boat with her dad and brother, but she survived.

She even helped someone when the boat started to sink.

Loren suffered a concussion and is back home now.

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