|Pastor Mark Wolford|
West Virginia May 27, 2012:
ABC News reports that Pentecostal Pastor Mark Wolford, 44, is dead after being bitten by a rattle snake during an outdoor worship service in the Panther Wildlife Management area in West Virginia.
|Mark Wolford (undated Photo)|
The snake, described as a yellow Timberland 'Rattler' with lethal capabilities, bit Wolford on the upper thigh, after which Wolford was taken to a friends home and later to a hospital where he died in the early morning hours on May 28, 2012. It is also reported that Wolford owned this particular snake for a number of years.
As an irony, Wolford's sister who was present when Wolford was bitten reported that their father had died some years earlier at age 38 when he too was bitten by a rattle snake in a similar "test of faith" ritual and died.
|Pastor Mark Wolford-undated photo|