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Memorial service for Oxford plane crash victims: Date, time, location

Celebration of Lives, a memorial service for the six members of the Oxford community who died in a plane crash this past Sunday, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum on the campus of the University of Mississippi.

Three local couples — Dr. Jason Farese and his wife, Dr. Lea Farese, Dr. Michael Perry and his wife, Kim, and Dr. Austin Poole and his wife, Angie — died in the accident near the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport in Alabama as they traveled back to Oxford.

Saturday’s service will provide members of the community an opportunity to gather and share remembrances of the loved ones. Family members, friends and local ministers will participate in the service.

Friends of the victims’ children, including classmates and team members, are invited to sit in a reserved seating area behind the families.

All those attending are encouraged to write a special remembrance of the victims. These remembrances will be collected in a book and given to the surviving family members.

Parking will be available in the coliseum parking lot and surrounding areas. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early due to increased traffic as Ole Miss students arrive for classes, which begin Monday.

A memorial service for Dr. Austin Poole and his wife Angie Poole is today at 1 p.m. at North Oxford Baptist Church. A memorial service for Drs. Lea Farese and Jason Farese is Sunday at 3 p.m. at Oxford University-United Methodist Church and a memorial service for Dr. Michael Perry and Kim Perry is Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.