Knoxville pastor and wife identified as victims in fatal crash on Mascot Road

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE ) – The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims in a deadly crash on Mascot Road Tuesday.

Ruben and Belinda Wilson, of Blaine, Tennessee, have been identified as the victims in a deadly crash Tuesday afternoon that injured three others.

Knox County authorities responded to a crash on Mascot Road at Immel Mine Road around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The road was closed until 3 p.m.

The Wilsons were in one car with a child and the other car held two adult occupants. The conditions of the child and the two adults in the other car are not known at this time.

Ruben Wilson served as a pastor at Three Points Baptist Church in Knoxville. The church posted this message on their Facebook page the day of the crash.

We are absolutely heartbroken at the passing of our pastor and his wife, Ruben and Belinda Wilson. All who will, please…

Posted by Three Points Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Stephanie Brooks, a member of the church for 11 years and a deacon’s wife, said Rubin Wilson had been the pastor at Three Points for more than 25 years.

Photo of Rubin Wilson and his wife Belinda Wilson hanging on a wall at Three Points Baptist Church.

She said the Wilsons were very loved by the congregation and community.

Brooks said that Rubin Wilson was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone in need.

“Rubin was someone, if you needed him, he was there. All you had to do was call him and he was there for you. No matter what hour of the day or what hour of the night. Rubin was always there,” Brooks said.

Her fondest memory of Rubin Wilson was when he showed up at the hospital when her grandmother had a heart attack.

Belinda Wilson played the piano and sang every Sunday alongside her husband.

“Beautiful voice from God. And I know now she’s singing with the angels. She loved to play the piano. She was a very gifted woman,” Brooks said.

Brooks said Rubin Wilson was always smiling and always giving hugs.

They would spend time with their granddaughter any chance they got.

Brooks said that the little girl was their world.

She said Rubin and Belinda’s love for each other and God was never hidden.

“He even made a statement that he was going to walk into heaven’s gates with her, and he did,” Brooks said.

She said it will be hard to sit through Sunday service without them, but she believed the two will be watching from above, waiting for everyone else to join them.

“His last message was ‘put on the armor of God.’ And that’s something we’re going to have to do is put on the armor and go on,” Brooks said.

Three Points Baptist Church will host a prayer service for Rubin and Belinda Wilson 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Anyone who would like to pay their respects is invited.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigation remains ongoing Wednesday. This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.

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