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Funeral arrangements for 2 killed in Tennessee crash

Lillian Michele Clarke and her granddaughter Katherine Ranielle "Katie" Howard.
Lillian Michele Clarke and her granddaughter Katherine Ranielle "Katie" Howard.

Funeral services for a Lexington girl and her grandmother who died Tuesday will be held at the same time and place July 30, a family member said.

Katherine Howard, 3, of Lexington, and Lillian Michelle Clarke, 52, of Miramar, Fla., died in a four-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 near Clinton, Tenn. The two , along with other family members in the car, were on their way to Lexington to participate in the House of God denomination's general convocation.

The family plans to schedule funeral services for Katherine and Clarke for July 30 at the House of God on Georgetown Road in Lexington, said Clarke's cousin Larry Johnson of Lexington. A specific time has not been set.

Arrangements will be handled by O.L. Hughes Mortuary in Lexington, Johnson said.

Three other family members in the car, a 2007 Mazda, were injured and taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

Clarke's husband, Peter Michael Clarke, 47, of Miramar, was listed in critical condition Wednesday night.

Her mother, Viola Johnson, 77, also of Florida, was listed in serious condition.

Her son, Aaron Howard, 24, also of Miramar, who was driving, was released from the hospital Tuesday.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol clarified Tuesday that Catherine's car seat had been installed properly, but police were not sure if the girl was buckled into it correctly.


CORRECTION made July 22, 2010: We had been spelling Katherine Howard's first name with a "C" because of incorrect information from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. We've fixed it after e-mailing with family members.

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