North Carolina Pastor’s Wife Louvella Arrowood Drowns While Rafting With Church Group on Nolichucky River

The late Louvella Yelton Arrowood, of Bakersville, North Carolina. | Facebook/Scott Jenkins

Louvella Arrowood, the beloved wife of a North Carolina pastor, considered by some who knew her to be “a saint,” drowned Saturday while rafting with a church group along the Nolichucky River. She was 63.

Matt Moses, CEO of USA Raft, said in a statement that Arrowood, whose husband is the Rev. Jimmy Arrowood, was on the 2:30 p.m. rafting trip with 14 guests and three guides when the raft she was traveling in was flipped by a rapid.

The trip started at Poplar, North Carolina, and was set to run through Class 3-4 whitewater for 8 miles to the takeout at Erwin, Tennessee.

“At the beginning of a substantial rapid, a raft flipped. Two other rafts were positioned downstream as part of standard safety procedures and immediately began recovering guests. All guests were recovered by the other rafts quickly,” Moses said in his statement.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair