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Troopers say the people in the van were returning from a visit to an orphanage in Oxford when it hit a deer and collided head-on with an SUV.
Two people including William Clayton -- a deacon and longtime member of First Missionary Baptist Church -- died.
"I live in Greenville but there's no way I wouldn't be here because what happens to one person in the community happens to everybody," said Sylvia Wall, a former member of the church, who attended Monday's vigil and service. "He was a very reserved, quiet, thoughtful man. I don't know anything negative to say about him. We used to talk about growing flowers and planting things and he was really enthusiastic about that."
Councilman Marlon Lee also attended the service.
"He was Mister 4H in the county," Lee said. "He was doing what he loved do and that was helping people so he will definitely is going to be missed around this area."
Photo of William Clayton outside church in @DTSmithfield. Clayton was a passenger in a horrific bus crash yesterday when he passed away. #ABC11 has you covered at 6 on TV #l pic.twitter.com/uB8oTha27Z— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) May 21, 2018
Investigators say the other victim of the crash was 62-year-old Debra Powell, the driver of the SUV.