Fundraiser started for Lawrence County dispatcher, family who lost home to recent storms

Published 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2024

JAYESS — A Lawrence County family who lost their homes to storm damage Monday have hope and a helping hand. Paige Jackson started a fundraiser for the Delaughter family and by Tuesday at noon it had reached $2,825 in donations with a goal of $20,000. 

Becky and Bruce Delaughter and their children live on the same property along Robert Tynes Road in the Jayess community. One of Becky and Bruce’s daughters lost her home to substantial storm damage. 

Jackson said her friend Becky works as a dispatcher for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and was working the night the storm hit. Sheriff Ryan Everrett gave Becky a ride home and took her as far down Robert Tynes Road as he could go. 

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“She started walking the rest of the way on foot and was climbing over huge trees to get to Bruce. She had a flashlight in her hand and saw a flashlight coming towards her,” Jackson said. “She told me she saw it was her sweetheart. He was trying to find her.” 

The winds blew the roof off of the home of Becky and Bruce’s daughter which caused heavy rains to flood the second floor and leak down to the first floor. Becky and Bruce’s home suffered a similar fate. While the structure was still up, holes in the roof had allowed a pool of water to collect on the floor. 

Water damage was everywhere, and the inside of the home will need to be gutted, Jackson said. She knew something needed to be done to help her friends. 

“I’ve known Becky for years and she and Bruce have always been so good and kind to me. They have been helpful,” Jackson said. “They built a shed in my backyard and they would do anything to help anyone. They need help, every dollar will help them rebuild.” 

The storm damage in southern Lawrence County was astonishing. Jackson said she saw uprooted trees and trees which appeared to have been twisted as she made two trips to deliver supplies to her dear friends. 

TV station WLBT reported the damage was caused by straight line winds but Jackson doesn’t see how that is possible. The National Weather Service in Jackson has not issued a statement about thunderstorm wind swaths or tornado surveys in the area Tuesday afternoon by 1:30 p.m. Jackson said she does not believe it was just straight line winds. 

“He was literally running from the sheetrock that was flying around trying to take cover,” Jackson said. “There was no warning. I wake up around the same time. I turned on the local news and nothing was on. There was no warning.” 

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