Skip to comments.2 companies offer to pay for the funerals of all 23 Alabama tornado victims
Posted on 03/06/2019 10:30:52 AM PST by LibWhacker
Two large corporations that declined to be named offered to pay for the funerals of all 23 victims who died during Sunday's tornadoes in eastern Alabama.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirmed the offer Tuesday, saying "it came out of the blue."
"What a wonderful blessing this will be for the families who have lost loved ones!" the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook. "To these corporations we thank you!
We're told these are national companies and officials are still working out the details.
The names and ages of all 23 victims who died in what is said to be the deadliest tornado in nearly six years were released Tuesday.
The youngest victim from Sunday's storm, was six-year-old Armondo (AJ) Hernandez while 89-year-old Jimmy Lee Jones was the oldest victim.
'It's devastating': 10 members of 1 family killed in Alabama tornado
Other victims were: eight-year-old Mykala Waldon; nine-year-old Jonathan Marquez Bowen; 10-year-old Taylor Thornton; Felicia Woodall and Ryan Pence, both 22; 38-year-old Eric Jamal Stenson; 41-year-old Irma Gomez-Moran; David Dean and Emmanuiel Jones, both 53; 57-year-old Maggie Delight Robinson; Charlotte Ann Miller, 59-year-old Marshall Lynn Grimes and Sheila Creech; 62-year-old Tresia Robinson; Florel Tate Stenson and Raymond Robinson Jr, both 63; 65-year-old Henry Lewis Stenson; 68-year-old Mamie Roberts Koon; 69-year-old Vicki Braswell; 83-year-old Mary Louise Jones and 86-year-old James Henry Tate.
The storms ripped through Eastern Alabama, causing the most damage in Beauregard. Only days after the storm, progress is being made.
"The storm is rotating at 170 miles an hour and a mile wide picking up houses, bricks, its picking up this stuff," said Chris Darden, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. "Theyre like missiles, so if that hits you at 170 miles an hour what do you think is going to happen to you."
Crews are in Beauregard removing debris and repairing down power lines. While the death toll has not increased, officials say less than a dozen people remain unaccounted for.
"Less than one percent of all tornadoes are EF-4, EF-5," Darden said. "Very rare and certainly there hasnt been one in the United States in several years."
Wow! That’s awesome.
WAPI in B’ham was raising money for a family of 4 who died.
Thank you to all who have helped in any way.
Another ping to the state list.
This reminds me of that April in 2011 or 2012 when over 200 tornadoes raced through the state. We were in our home and a few college students, friends of my daughters, took shelter with us.
Last year (2018) was the first year in history without an EF4 or EF5 tornado. The media didn’t tell anyone about that.
I still remember the smell of soil in the air.
Lived through the biggy in the 70’s. One jumped over our house.
I fear tornadoes more than I fear hurricanes. Although, hurricanes can spawn tornadoes.
Wow. What a first-class act and anonymous, and all. God Alone sees and is pleased with hidden charity. A great way to start the season of Lent!
Its heartbreaking. The family that lost 7 members must be devestated. We can only pray that God will pour down blessings on that land and that once again it will bloom.
Very nice thing to do. One less worry for grieving families.
Wow, thanks. Not a tree standing, except for a stump here and there. Homes razed to the foundation. Terrible. Generous of these companies. And they’re obviously not seeking any kind of recognition that would benefit them directly. Have to admire that.
At about 1:43, it looks like even some of the stones and rocks of the walkway to the (gone) front porch of that house (gone) were swept away!
Down here, I always remember the smell of pine. Lots of pine trees in this part of Alabama...
When they tear up in the wind, it smells like Christmas.
Doesn’t feel like it, though...
I agree! I grew up in Kansas and was absolutely terrified of them as a kid. I’d still be worried now, but as a kid it always seems like they’re coming straight at you and there’s nothing you can do. I know better now. So I feel especially bad for the children, ‘cause I know what it’s like.
When the 19 Prescott Arizona Hot Shots were killed in the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire, my company paid for all of the funerals. I was very moved and grateful for what my company did and still am.
There are so many private sector companies who go beyond greedy corporate profits and provide generous help to those in need. A nasty stupid socialist like Occasional Cortex knows nothing about this, and if she did, she wouldnt care.
Downright creepy to see them stripped bare like match sticks. Looks like another planet.
Exactly. What a twit! Heaven help us! When is the American voter going to wake up? Oh, yeah, I forgot. Half of them aren’t even American anymore - at least in spirit, or in blood.
I just wish we had the leadership this country deserves.
Wow, thanks. Not a tree standing, except for a stump here and there. Homes razed to the foundation. Terrible.
True, but the path is narrow compared to something like a hurricane.
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