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Tornado survivor speaks at Roanoke church

Sunday morning was a special time for a large number of people at Living Waters Main Street Bible Church in Roanoke. The guest speaker, Renae Frazier, was a survivor of the violent tornado that destroyed the community of Beauregard in Lee County three years ago. On March 3, 2019, around 2 pm, an EF4 Tornado with an estimated diameter of a mile hit Lee County, Alabama. With little to no warning the people of Beauregard, Salem and Opelika were devastated. The tornado claimed 23 lives of which 3 were children. There were over a hundred injured and the storm left hundreds of families displaced. Renae told the story of survival as she and her mother, father and siblings hunkered down in a “Prayer Closet” in the home. After the storm passed, the closet was the only part of the house still standing. Her mother, Ernestine Reese, was seriously injured but was able to stand and became known worldwide as she talked to the media and told everyone, “You better tell God Thank You!” Mrs. Reese passed away earlier this year. Roanoke Mayor Jill Patterson Hicks and City Clerk Amanda Davis were in attendance at the service. Following the service Mayor Hicks presented Mrs. Frazier a resolution commending her for her bravery, that of her mother and the rest of the family.


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