Friends in Missouri remember boating victims

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WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) We’re learning more about two Missouri men killed in a boating accident in southern Kentucky this weekend.

Investigators say Jeff Asbell and Brad Smith were driving a high-powered speed boat on Lake Cumberland during a poker run near Ramsey Point when the boat flipped, throwing both men off.

Friends of Brad Smith and Jeff Asbell say they shared many things in common; they were both family men, local business owners and loved to go boating.

Now friends are remembering the two men and what they meant to the community.

Those who knew 47-year-old Jeff Asbell say he wore many hats. He was the owner of Alpha Air at Joplin Regional Airport, the owner of Jeff Asbell Trucking and Excavating and as a philanthropist in the area. They say that boating had become his most recent hobby.

"He lived hard and played hard. He also had a lot of planes, and the power boats were his new toy. Boating was his new obsession,” said Gary Stubblefield, a friend of Jeff Asbell.

As for Brad Smith, we're told that he owned Brad Smith Power Company in Joplin.

Some folks in their hometown say the two men were cornerstones of their community.

“Right now it’s still just settling in, and of course everyone is praying for the family of both Jeff and Brad and will continue to,” Stubblefield said.

Funeral arrangements for the two men have not yet been arranged.

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