One Year After the Tornado Outbreak


Tupelo and Louisville Commemorate Triumph over Calamity

Mississippians observe one year of long-term disaster recovery from severe weather that swept through Lee and Winston counties April 28, 2014. Below are moments captured from Tupelo’s memorial service and an event in Louisville. From the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church to the countless volunteers, case workers and survivors... thanks for making us Mississippi Strong! 

Louisville Man and Woman of the Year Awarded to United Methodist Leaders 

The 58th Annual Chamber of Commerce for Winston County recognized Louisville's First United Methodist member, Mellie Childs Jordan (left) as "Woman of the Year" for her contributions through disaster recovery as the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) case management coordinator. Rev. Mike Dowd (right), United Methodist pastor of the West Louisville Charge and executive director of Winston Strong, was recognized as "Man of the Year" for his leadership with disaster response.

Below is a video from Mellie Jordan showing progression through pictures of how those impacted by the April 28, 2014 Tornadoes went from disaster to glory.

Tupelo Memorial Service 

Tupelo hosted a memorial service remembering and celebrating the recovery efforts from the April 28, 2014 tornadoes. Pictured above are the president of the Tupelo City Council, Mike Bryan; vice-president of the Tupelo City Council and St. Paul United Methodist church member, Nettie Davis and the chair of the Community Recovery Committee and Tupelo's First United Methodist Church member, Jack Reed Jr.