Columbia tornado survivors are counting their Blessings

Columbia tornado survivors are counting their Blessings

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Despite all the damage and destruction left behind by a tornado that ripped through Marion County, many residents are still counting their blessings.

"I can get some material things, but I can't get Essie, so I praise him for that, and just being here," Essie Pittman said.

Her mobile home was completely destroyed along with many others in her community.

Bradley Hunt was inside a mobile with his 70-year-old mother.  The tornado threw them nearly 30 feet across their backyard.  His mother is now recovering in Forrest General Hospital.

"I found her under all that junk.  She was knocked out at first, and then I finally got her up. That's when I called for help," he added.

The Woodlawn cemetery also sustained damage. Many families stopped through to check on the grave sites of their loved ones.

"I had to check on my cousin Donnie Joe.  He was handicapped and he passed away in 2006."

In the midst of all the danger, many people are happy to be safe say they are thankful for a second chance at life.