Family of lone Adairsville tornado victim speaks to CBS Atlanta News
ADAIRSVILLE, GA (CBS46) -
One man was killed when the high-end EF 3 tornado ripped through the close-knit town of Adairsville on Wednesday morning.
Anthony Raines, 51, died while in bed in his mobile home on Cass Street near the center of town where the storm left the most damage.
His sisters, Deborah Redd and Karen Davis, spoke exclusively to CBS Atlanta News on Friday.
"It's hard to believe that a little storm came through like that and a tree hit him so fast," Redd said. "I'm so thankful that he didn't feel none of that. The good Lord blessed us, it could have been a whole lot worse."
Redd said her brother spent most of his day in bed and that he was suffering from a chronic illness at the time of his death.
"I'm thinking he was a sleep that early - he's a daytime sleeper and up all night, playing video games," she said. "And when his son would go to school he'd go to sleep."
Davis said Raines, who was known by "Jody" to family and friends, left behind a 15-year-old son.
"He's in foster care right now," Davis said of the teen. "He's upset, understandably, but he's coping well with it; he's seen counselors."
Both sisters said they were devastated that their baby brother was the lone victim of the tornado, but are thankful there weren't more victims.
"I thank God nobody else was hurt," Redd said. "God done good. That's all I gotta say."
Raines' funeral is set for Monday from 12 to 2 p.m. at R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home in Adairsville.
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