Hope triumphs over tragedy as volunteers build new home
By JAMIE PATTERSON
Grace Coker knows exactly what she is going to do when her new house is ready for her to move into next week.
“When I open the door, I’m gonna stand there and say ‘hallelujah,’” Coker said, with a smile. “Thank you Jesus.”
Coker lost her mobile home on Pearce Road in the Midway area during the deadly April 24th tornado. On that dreary afternoon as she shifted through broken remains, the idea of a new home and new start was the last thing in her mind.
Coker’s sister, Stella Martin, was one of the four Yazoo Countians killed in the destructive tornado. Martin was found barely alive under a pile of debris. Her family remained with her until she died.
“It’s still pretty rough thinking about it,” Coker said. “Her husband (who was injured) is still pretty weak. He still cries a lot. He’s lonesome.”
Coker’s face turns blank when speaking about the hardships she has had to endure since the severe weather. But with one glance up, there is a sign of hope.
Coker can see the frame of her new house quickly rising to the clear, sunny skies.
Thanks to the local Yazoo Humanitarian Recovery group, Coker should have a brand new home by next week.
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