The Texas Church mourns the loss of an alternate pastor and wife; Couple’s baby survives crash

PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KLTV / Gray News) – The ward mourns the loss of a young couple who died in a car accident and left a two-month-old child.

“Right now, I’m saying we’re pretty shocked,” Eastside Baptist Church pastor Raymond Walker told KLTV.

Hunter Wilkes was the associate pastor of the Eastside Baptist Church in Texas.

He and his wife Alexis “Lexi” were killed in a car accident on Sunday morning. The couple’s newborn survived the collision with only a small bruise on the leg.

Walker was informed of the accident shortly after Sunday service.

“You weren’t here for Sunday school,” Walker said. “The older I get, the less I remember, so I wasn’t sure if Hunter might have told me that they would be with his parents that day or something. And I was like, ‘Well, you know, I’ll just go ahead and stay in class.’ “

Walker and his wife went to UT Health East Texas in Carthage to look after the baby until family members could arrive.

He said Wilkes had been in the Church for about a year and a half and said he came from a family of preachers and was attending seminary in Louisiana.

“I’ve been in the service for 31 years … Whenever Hunter and Lexi came along they brought a lot of zeal and it really helped me be more positive,” said Walker, adding that the couple were a blessing.

Walker said that he and the Church will find peace when they know the Wilkes are with the Lord and will one day see them again.

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