RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) — Gwen Shamblin Lara, founder of Christian Diet Program, The Weigh Down Workshop and the Remnant Fellowship Church, and her husband, “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures,” actor, Joe Lara, have been identified as two of seven victims killed in a Saturday morning plane crash in Rutherford County, Tennessee.

Crews continued searching for the bodies of all seven people believed killed in the private jet crash into Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna Saturday morning.


Rutherford County Fire Rescue officials said in a statement Sunday that recovery efforts were ongoing. Efforts were also focused on examining a half mile-wide debris field in the lake.

The other victims were identified as, Brandon Hannah, David L. Martin, Jennifer J. Martin, Jessica Walters and Jonathan Walters, all of Brentwood, Tennessee.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna C501 plane was heading from nearby Smyrna Rutherford County Airport to Palm Beach International Airport when it crashed Saturday morning. Authorities did not release registration information for the plane.

Smyrna is located about 20 miles southeast of Nashville. Percy Priest Lake is a reservoir created by the J. Percy Priest Dam. It is a popular spot for boating and fishing.

The National Transportation Safety Board had a lead investigator at the site.


Geo quick facts: Rutherford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located in Middle Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 262,604, growing to an estimated 332,285 in 2019, making it the fifth-most populous county in Tennessee – Wikipedia.