UPDATE: Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for Trevor Morris, a beloved East Texas pastor killed in a plane crash this past Thursday.

Visitation for Morris will be at Rock Hill Baptist Church on Monday, July 17 from 5 p.m. to 7p.m..

The funeral will also be held at Rock Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m..


One of the two people who died in a plane crash near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport early Thursday was an East Texas pastor, according to an official with his church.

Trevor Morris, lead pastor with Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, was on board the small twin-engine plane that went down about 8:15 a.m., said Aaron Greenwood, worship pastor for the church.

Morris' best friend heard about the crash, traveled to the site and confirmed Morris was in the plane, Greenwood said.

Morris was lead pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church and was a general manager for an oil services company. He traveled to Midland frequently for his job and it was where he was headed when the plane went down, Greenwood said.

He said Morris' family has been notified and the church is also mourning the loss.

The pilot also was killed when the plane crashed in a pasture near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The pilot's name has not been released.

The plane was located 1 mile south of Pleasant Retreat Road by officers searching the area after reports of it going down.

Tyler Police Department Spokesman Don Martin said the wreckage was difficult to locate because there was no smoke or flames coming from crash area.

"Officers went deep into the fields and eventually located the plane in a pasture," Martin said.

First responders worked to extract the plane's occupants amid heavy fumes of gasoline around the plane, Martin said.

Fred Wullschleger, a witness to the crash, said he was on a morning walk with his dog when he heard the plane take off.

"I heard the plane rev up and then all the sudden it just quit and then boom, that's when he hit the ground," Wullschleger said.

Emergency crews from agencies including the Tyler Police Department, Tyler Fire Department, Smith County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety responded after receiving reports of the downed aircraft.

Air traffic to and from the airport was not affected by the incident.

This story is developing and will be updated.