ABAC students, faculty remember crash victims with memorial

ABAC students, faculty remember crash victims with memorial

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College family is mourning the deaths of Sarah McKinnon and Cathy Ann Parrish, who were killed in a car crash on Wednesday.

Sarah McKinnon and Cathy Ann Parish are being remembered as hard workers on the college campus. A memorial was set up to honor them.

"They always a had smile for them," said Dean of Students Bernice Hughes.

The Mother and Daughter were dining hall workers at the college. They were headed home after finishing their shift when they were killed in a head on collision with a semi-truck on Highway 319 in Norman Park.

The college brought in counselors to help staff and students cope with the loss.

"Yesterday the staff pulled together and worked yesterday morning and did things to help out," said Hughes.

The memorial was set up in the dining hall. Students are able to share their thoughts and and condolences.

"We know things are going to work out because we're going to pull together the ABAC way," said Hughes.

Hughes says both ladies played an important role for students. Hughes said Sarah McKinnon was the first person in the hot food line.

"Especially on Thursdays, that was fried chicken day. And she knew almost everybody and what part of the chicken they wanted, and if they were down she would tell them to smile," said Hughes.

Those that knew them said McKinnon and Parish took their jobs seriously.

"Kathy worked the omelet line on Tuesdays, and they were cooked to perfection because they were cooked on the spot," said Hughes.

A third worker, Shirley Scott was also in the car, and was injured in the crash. She was taken to a Tallahassee hospital.

"our hearts and prayers are for her as she makes a speedy recovery," said Hughes.

She says the college will come together to get through the loss.

ABAC is in the process of planning a memorial service for the women so the college can have a chance to pay their respects.

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