Funeral Services Set For Some Of Apison Tornado Victims

4 Died In Residence On Clonts Road But 8-Year-Old Survives; 2 Couples Killed On Bates Road

Friday, April 29, 2011
Damage at Apison
Damage at Apison

Funeral services have been set for some of the eight people killed when a deadly tornado struck down in Apison on Wednesday evening.

Services for Bobby and Mary "Sis" Raper will be Sunday at 4 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road.

Services for Donald and Dorothy Christian are being handled by Turner Funeral Home, Highway 58 Chapel.

Four people died in a single Apison residence in the tornado that tore through the small rural community near the Georgia line. An eight-year-old child in the same residence survived, but was severely hurt.

On Bates Road nearby, two couples died.

All of the victims were in mobile homes.

The fatalities from the F4 tornado that struck the Apison community in Hamilton County are:

1. Jo Ann Darnell, 77, 4607 Clonts Road
2. Adam Carroll, 17, 4607 Clonts Road
3. Joshua Poe, 31, 4607 Clonts Road
4. Brenda Prescott, 56, 4607 Clonts Road
5. Mary Raper, 60, 11720 Bates Road
6. Bobby Raper, 63, 11720 Bates Road
7. Donald Christian, 70, 11704 Bates Road
8. Dorothy Christian, 62, 11704 Bates Road

Josh Poe had been living with his father off Graysville Road in East Brainerd, but he had apparently gone to Clonts Road to check on his grandmother, Jo Ann Darnell, during the storms. Also at the trailer were his aunt, Brenda Prescott, and her grandsons, Adam Carroll and Adam's eight-year-old brother.

Josh Poe is a cousin of Jenny Hullander, wife of Hullco owner Matt Hullander, and he had worked at Hullco until a week ago.

Bill Hullander, former Hullco owner and current county trustee, said, "Josh was a very likable young man."

Jenny Hullander said, "He was very caring. He loved his family. They were very close and always enjoyed being with each other."

She said Josh Poe had a daughter who had just turned two years old.

Josh's mother, Jan, is a sister of Brenda Prescott and daughter of Jo Ann Darnell.

The youngest Carroll boy was flown to Children's Hospital with severe injuries.

Bobby and Mary "Sis" Hullander Raper and Donald and Dorothy Christian lived in trailers to the rear of Margie Hullander on Bates Road. The trailers were reached using Margie Hullander's driveway. Mary Hullander Raper was the daughter of Margie Hullander. Margie Hullander is the aunt of Trustee Bill Hullander.

Trustee Hullander, who was in the middle of the storm at his home on London Lane in Apison, said he received a call at midnight Wednesday from Margie Hullander.

He said, "She was crying. She said some of her windows had blown out."

Trustee Hullander said he told her he could not get out of his driveway to reach her and for her to try to calm down and get some rest. He said, "She did not know at the time that her daughter, Mary, had been killed."

He said she also called her son, Larry Hullander, who lives in East Brainerd, and he was eventually able to get her and take her to his home.

Bobby Raper was a self-employed stone mason who served as pastor at East View Chapel in Meigs County and also ministered to the inmates at Hamilton County Corrections Center. He also performed many wedding ceremonies at The Wedding Chapel in Ringgold. He was a veteran of Vietnam serving in the both the U.S. Army and Air Force.

The Rapers will be buried at the Plowman Cemetery.

Trustee Hullander on Friday said he was still clearing debris at his Apison home on London Lane and was still without power.

He said, "We have ordered 10 dumpsters. One has arrived and we have filled it up."

Mr. Hullander's house was spared, but several outbuildings were blown down. He said the few sections of fence that were not destroyed were being pulled up.

He said a host of volunteers were helping him and his son, Matt, who lives next door.

Both Hullanders said they were able to take showers Friday night for the first time since the storm. Jenny Hullander said, "We have gotten help from so many friends. They have brought us more food than we can eat."

Elizabeth Tallman-Gazaway said she was amazed by the extent of the damage she saw at Apison when she drove in on Thursday morning to check on her aunt and uncle on Blair Road. She said she had to go through several roadblocks to arrive at their house.

She said the County Line Grocery at the corner of Blair Road and Old Alabama Road is nowhere in sight.

She said she saw foundations of a number of houses.

Ms. Tallman-Gazaway said, "I saw a woman walking around holding a screw driver and a pair of sneakers. It was so sad."

She said numerous power lines were still down in the tornado-wracked community.

There were a number of volunteers "with chainsaws working as hard as they could."

She said her aunt and uncle never lost power - it only flickered during the storm.

She said, "They are amazed that they are only a half mile away and they have power and no trees down. They feel very blessed."

Thousands of trees were sheared off at Apison
Thousands of trees were sheared off at Apison

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

39-Year-Old Golf Rookie, Army Veteran Takes Aim At Choo Choo Golf Tournament

Garber School To Be Transferred For Use As Construction Workforce Center


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BALLARD, CHRISTOPHER JAMES 2204 IVY ST CHATTANOOGA, 37404 Age at Arrest: 32 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC ASSAULT ... (click for more)

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational is widely considered one of the most prestigious amateur golf tournaments in the country, always boasting a field of rising stars among the collegiate ranks. ... (click for more)

The long closed Mary Ann Garber School will be transferred to the county government for use as a Construction Workforce Center. The County School Board is being asked to approve the transfer. ... (click for more)



Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BALLARD, CHRISTOPHER JAMES 2204 IVY ST CHATTANOOGA, 37404 Age at Arrest: 32 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- BASSHAM, JOSHUA AARON 357 CENTURY ROSSVILLE, 30741 Age at Arrest: 31 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW - DRIVERS --- ... (click for more)

39-Year-Old Golf Rookie, Army Veteran Takes Aim At Choo Choo Golf Tournament

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational is widely considered one of the most prestigious amateur golf tournaments in the country, always boasting a field of rising stars among the collegiate ranks. This year’s list of invited participants hail from 21 different states representing 55 colleges and include players from South Africa, Dubai, India, Canada and England for the 54-hole ... (click for more)

Opinion

Marsha Blackburn Should Focus On Finding Compromise On The Infrastructure Bill - And Response (2)

Marsha seems obsessed with Dr. Fauci. Does it always have to be about her? I wish it was more about us. If it was more about us, instead of Marsha, she would be hard at work finding compromise on the federal infrastructure bill. No other city in the nation would benefit more from the infrastructure bill than Chattanooga. But Marsha has never read the bill and does not ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Can Any Forget?

It was noted by the national media – and me – earlier this week when President Joe Biden failed to salute one the greatest days in America’s history. D-Day, the June 6th attack at Normandy, France, was celebrated on Sunday and what I believe was the first time in about 80 years the hard-fought triumph over evil was ignored by The White House. As I watch more and more of the ‘woke’ ... (click for more)

Sports

#2 Tennessee's Big Series With #14 LSU Is Sold Out; Big Orange Block Party Planned

No. 2 Tennessee opens its Super Regional series against fellow SEC foe No. 14 LSU at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The third-seeded Volunteers are hosting a Super Regional for the first time in program history and will be making just the third Super Regional appearance since the tournament moved to its current format. The second game will be Sunday ... (click for more)

Chuckie Robinson's Bomb Is The Difference - Greene Strikes Out Nine As Lookouts Win 1-0

Jose Barrero is known for his bat, but he showed his glove was just as good in a great play during the fifth inning of the Lookouts 1-0 win against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. On a difficult ground ball, he slid to one side, scooped up the grounder, tapped on second, and jumped to avoid the sliding runner while rifling a throw to first. In what was a scoreless game, web gems like ... (click for more)