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Tornado destroyed home of woman bound to wheelchair; no insurance

Thursday, January 10, 2008

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Christy Davis sits near the wheelchair ramp leading to the place her home used to rest on Wednesday morning. Friends and family joined together at the site to give support to Davis, a paraplegic who lost both her independence and her possessions with the tornadoes that wreaked havoc on several homes south of Dyersburg on Tuesday.
The storms that raged through the area on Tuesday took two swipes at the Halls home of Christy Davis before carrying it hundreds of feet from its foundation and splintering it into the gully beyond.

For Davis, who has been confined to a wheelchair since she was injured in an automobile accident at 15, the event is a double blow. A blow that strikes both her independence and her pocketbook. She did not have insurance.

"Just before (the tornado hit,) high winds uprooted a tree and damaged my bathroom ceiling," said Davis, who received a call from her brother, David Davis of Halls, around noon on Tuesday telling her that winds had created a hole in the roof of her mobile home. "I was at the hospital because a friend of mine had had a baby. I came home long enough to get some clothes and go to my sister's."

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Family members Alan Davis, Donna Davis and Joe Davis sort through the wreckage of Christy Davis's home of 11 years to rescue any salvageable items.
Davis's sister, Donna Lents of Halls, said that family members worked quickly to cover the hole in the roof with plastic because they knew that rain was coming. Davis made arrangements to stay at the Lents home and attend her niece's basketball game that evening.

"About 45 minutes later, my brother called and told me my house was gone," said Davis. "I don't have anything anymore."

The wheelchair ramp that led to the front of Davis's home stands alone, a stark reminder of where her front door used to be. The house, now torn in two, was blown several hundred feet away from the porch, littering the backyard with the debris of her possessions.

Davis, a native of Halls, has lived in the house for 11 years. She has worked for three years in Dyersburg Wal-Mart's Connection Center and is taking classes at Dyersburg State Community College in pursuit of a degree in social work.

The mobile home was hers and paid for. She rented the land it sits on from a neighbor.

Already, friends and neighbors have stepped up to help Davis restore the damage and begin rebuilding her life. Aid has been offered from nearby Antioch Church, the Disaster Relief team, Halls First United Methodist Church, Dyersburg Wal-Mart, neighbors, family and friends.

But much help is still needed for Davis and the other families in Halls whose lives were drastically affected after only a few moments of the raging winds.

"The main thing Christy asks is just for prayer," said Lents.


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This is sad, but why in the world would you not have insurance? If you choose to own a home or drive a car without insurance - then you should not complain when you lose everything.

-- Posted by Hogmom on Thu, Jan 10, 2008, at 1:29 PM

Seems to me that Hogmom needs sone sensitivity training.Some people aren't

able to afford insurance.Hogmom,you need

to count your blessings and say a prayer

for this poor lady.

-- Posted by lloyd49 on Thu, Jan 10, 2008, at 2:56 PM

Christy has our prayers and she is going to do just fine.

-- Posted by gb on Thu, Jan 10, 2008, at 6:48 PM

I feel so sorry for Ms. Davis. My god be with you in this time of need. Your in my thoughts and prayers. My GOD BLESS YOU!!!

-- Posted by holder21 on Thu, Jan 10, 2008, at 11:28 PM

I think Hogmom lives in the HIGH AND MIGHTY CLOUDS,,,Hogmom, have you heard of the HOMELESS, THE HUNGRY, AND THE POOR AND UNINSURED,THAT CANNOT AFFORD THE LUXURIES LIKE HEALTH, CAR OR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE!!!!. Some people like to call things their own like owning a car or a house,,But NOT ALL PEOPLE WHO OWN CARS OR HOUSES CAN AFFORD INSURANCE,,,GET A CLUE HOGMOM!!!!

-- Posted by selwitzj@cableone.net on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 12:14 AM

You hang in there Christy help is on its way. God works in mysterious ways. But you can count on my help and what ever you need.

Let me tell some of you people about Christy she works at one of our favorite places to shop at in Dyersburg and i have met Christy personally and she will help you to know end. the last time i seen her she sold my 13 year old his first cell phone. She deserves our support. Everybody needs a little help every now and then. So hog mom i hope that you can find in yourself to help Christy out. Because I'm sure Christy has waited on you with a smile. Priceless

-- Posted by bennabones1 on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 4:25 AM

you hang in there christy.God will be with you every step of the way.my thoughts and prayers are with you.

-- Posted by snooks on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 5:38 AM

hogmom,you should be ashamed.i think you should ask God for forgiveness and thank him for sparing your home.all the insurance in the world cant replace some things.

-- Posted by snooks on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 5:44 AM

OMG HOGMOM HOW COULOD U WRITE SOMRTHING LIKE THAT ? THIS POOR POOR WOMAN, hAS A BANK OR ANYONE OPEN UP A ACCOUNT FOR DONATIONS? I DON'T EVEN LIVE THERE, AND I HAVE NO MONEY MYSELF BUT YOU CAN BET I WILL SEND WHAT EVER I CAN FOR HER

HANG IN THERE MS Christy Davis

KEVIN

-- Posted by onemorebet on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 8:11 AM

Hogman probably don.t even pay her own insurance bet a boyfriemd or husband does

-- Posted by Panhead57 on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 8:57 AM

I went to school with Christy, and you couldn't ask for a better person. Hogmom, you're the reason why our world is in the shape that its in! NO COMPASSION AT ALL! Christy has always been a sweet person, and for you to say such an unthoughtful thing in her time of need is just NOT CHRISTIAN-LIKE! Christy we love you and we'll do all that we can to HELP YOU! Afterall, that's what WE are suppose to do! INSURANCE or NOT!Oh yeah, HOGMOM, you must be one of these rich people that hasn't done without. If you get too high, GOD will knock you off that pedestal!

-- Posted by myz.lady on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 9:17 AM

OK - Hogmom is sorry for the comment! It wasn't meant to be a personal attack against Christy. I am just so sick of all the people who drive uninsured auto and have uninsured property,etc. I was injured by noninsured person and it cost ME BIGTIME! People if you can afford to own something - INSURE IT! If you can't afford the minimum insurance...then don't buy the product! I am far from rich! Just wait until this happens to you...then you will understand.

-- Posted by Hogmom on Fri, Jan 11, 2008, at 10:59 AM

Stop beatin up on "Hogmom" for telling the truth. It is very sad that this happened, but why don't friends offer help in paying insurance or buying groceries, or extending some kind of generosity before a crisis? Churches need to stop building bigger buildings and start helping the community. Why not have a benevolence fund for this kind of thing? Helping pay utilites, insurance, and/or taxes for people unable to work? Christi was not in government housing, she was trying to be independent and I bet she hated to ask for help in getting insurance...We need to extend our charity to help in these situations before there is a crisis.

-- Posted by talk2t53 on Sat, Jan 12, 2008, at 12:38 PM

This is to all:

Yes, she should have had insurance, but did anyone think that she might have had insurance-just not for tornadoes? or earthquake coverage? or flood coverage? Has any of you checked your policy for certain types of disasters?

Before you jump to conclusions, you ought to get ALL the facts. You never know you could be in the same situation one of these days, and if you already have been in a similar situation, you should have generosity and concern in your heart instead of automatic hostility.

God, family, and friends is all we can ask, and hope for.

Thank you.

-- Posted by tnclerk36 on Mon, Jan 14, 2008, at 12:46 PM

Hogmom you choose:

food, heat, water,

a place to call home

or INSURANCE.

To think what this lady is doing working, going to school,just the day to day living, all with her medical condition.She didn't ask for hand outs or help but I wonder how YOU would manage if you traded places. Best of luck Christy my prayers are with you.

-- Posted by NannaP on Tue, Jan 15, 2008, at 8:40 AM


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