These are the victims of the Table Rock Lake tragedy

Posted at 7:52 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 14:49:42-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We're slowly learning more about the victims of the boating tragedy on Table Rock Lake that claimed 17 lives.

The boat capsized and sank during strong winds caused by a thunderstorm near Branson, Missouri.

This story will be updated as we learn more about the victims.

Coleman family

Nine people from the same family were killed when the boat sank. Two other members of the family were on board at the time but made it out safely.

Five of the victims were adults and four were children.

Their names are Angela Coleman, 45, Arya Coleman, 1, Belinda Coleman, 69, Ervin Coleman, 76, Evan Coleman, 7, Glenn Coleman, 40, Horace Coleman, 70, Maxwell Coleman, 2, and Reece Coleman, 9.

Suffragan Bishop Thomas E. Griffith of Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church, which they attended, said the rest of family is still processing the tragedy.

"It's just an extremely emotional time for them," said Griffith. "They're not thinking about any kinds of- other things outside of- really just trying to process this tragedy."


Robert "Bob" Williams

Robert Williams was the boat's driver. A friend who attended church with Williams told 41 Action News that he was an uplifting person who always thought positively


William and Janice Bright from Higginsville, MO

Karen Abbott told 41 Action News her brother, William Bright, and his wife, Janice Bright, were killed on the boat. She said they traveled to Branson to spend time together as a family.

Abbott said her brother and sister-in-law were once long-time residents of Kansas City, Missouri but later moved to Higginsville. 

Together they had three children and 17 grandchildren. 


Steve Smith and Lance Smith

KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas reports that two of the victims are Steve and Lance Smith, 15. The father and son are reportedly from Osceola, Arkansas. The Smith's pastor describes Lance as "the perfect example of humility and compassion."


William Asher and Rose Hamann

KSDK-TV in St. Louis reports that William Ahser, 69, and his girlfriend Rose Hamann died after the boat capsized. 


Leslie Dennison

The Stone County Sheriff's Department identified the final unknown victim as Leslie Dennison, 64, from Illinois.