Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eleven Lives Lost
(Now Twelve)

by Thadd White - April 19th, 2011 - Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald

The Askewville-Colerain Tornado has the highest death toll of any tornado in the recent national storm.

Three people were killed at 1345 NC 42. They were
Barbara Lafferety, 64,
Roy Lafferty Jr., 72, and
Helen Alston White, 90.

Morris Ford Road was also the scene of three deaths.
Milton Sutton, 51, and
Mildred Warren, 68, were killed at 231 Morris Ford Road while
Peggy Leary, 60, died at 245 Morris Ford.

Two people died at 151 Harrell Road.
Robert Perry, 77, and
Celia White, 96, were both killed during the storms.

In addition,
Gayle Hinchey, 56, lost her life at 421 Elm Grove Road;
Louis Chamblee, 54, died at 422 Nowell Farm Road and
Dorothy Mitchell, 66, was killed at 628 Glovers Cross Road.

When you see the small area on the map where all the deaths occurred (indicated by the red stars) and realize it is a rural agricultural area - not a town - it is clear, this was one powerful tornado.

Our prayers go out to the friends and family of these loved ones who lost their lives. May God bless and comfort the friends and family in this time of grief and loss.

Also do not forget, hundreds were injured and many of these remain in hospitals throughout the area.

Bertie Death Toll Rises To Twelve

Mary Williams, age 50 of Morris Ford Road, Colerain, became the 12th victim of the deadly storm. She had been in Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville since Saturday night in critical condition.

The Map has been updated to indicate all who died.


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