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Former MJH athlete killed in car accident in Maine

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From Post staff reportsA two-car collision that occurred Wednesday, June 16 near Portland, Maine, resulted in the death of a former Mt. Juliet High School cross-country athlete who was there on a mission trip.Palmer Maphet, 19, was a passenger with three other people from Tennessee in a 2005 Hyundai Elantra that was headed east on Route 25 in Standish, Maine and driven by Marilyn McClendon, 57, a supervisor of the mission program called Tennessee Baptist Collegiate Ministry. The group was on their way back from Laconia, N.H. where they attended Motorcycle Week and gave out water and talked about their faith with others visiting the annual event.According to reports from the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, a 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by Paula Haddow, 63, crossed the center line of the roadway and struck the Hyundai head-on. Maphet, police said, was in the front seat of the Hyundai. They also said all occupants of the vehicles were wearing their seatbelts.Maphet was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland where he died. The other occupants of the car sustained non-life threatening injuries. They were identified as Lea Hardwick, 20; Legon Craighead, 19; and Justin Owens, 20, all of Tennessee. They, along with McClendon, were treated and released. Haddow was not injured.The cause of the accident remains under investigation.Maphet was a freshman at Tennessee Tech University where he was majoring in engineering. He was a member of the men’s cross country team. Maphet was a 2009 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School.“He was a great young man and many people are grieving and will miss him terribly for a long time,” said Eddie Callis of Lebanon who knew him through his grandson.An article from the Tennessee Tech sports website at www.ttusports.com quoted Tony Cox, TTU’s track and field coach, who said that Maphet was “excited about going to Maine this summer to do mission work.”Cox said his wife gave Maphet a quote from Saint Francis of Assisi which he liked. The quote was “Preach the Gospel everyday. If necessary, use words.” Cox noted, “Palmer lived his faith by example and was an inspiration to all of us. He will be missed, but his memory will live with us forever.”Maphet was the son of Marvin Maphet and Christy Carroll.Visitation for Maphet will be from 2 until 8 p.m., today at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet, and from noon until 2 p.m., Thursday, at Hermitage Church of the Nazarene where services will follow.For more information, see Obituaries on page 5 of today’s Wilson Post.
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