Henderson Co. Couple Injured in Storm

Emily Cassulo

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. - A Henderson County family got more than just a scare after a storm blew through early Wednesday morning.

The same family lost three of their mobile homes in the storm, which also sent a family member to the hospital.

Donna and Deanna Lessenberry are still in disbelief.

"I grew up, and my grandma's always been here," Deanna said. "My uncle's always lived there and now seeing everything gone, it's just unreal."

Deanna's grandmother, Virginia Tignor, was inside of the mobile home just before the storm blew through.

She got out just in time. Her son, Donald, and his wife, Melinda, were not as lucky.

"I was just devastated, and I was just sure that my brother and his wife probably hadn't made it, 'cause they couldn't be found," said Donna Lessenberry. "We couldn't hear them at that time, but then when [my husband] went back the second time, he heard her, heard my brother speaking."

They were found in a cornfield about 100 yards away. Their mobile home was blown away.

"You can see the trees are broken, the trailer's gone, the car port's gone. People's houses are destroyed. I'm just glad that we're all here, and made it through," Deanna said.

Donna said her brother is recovering at The Med in Memphis with several broken bones. His wife is a little bruised up, but will be all right.

"Material things can be replaced. It gives you a whole new outlook on life," Donna said.

The Lessenberrys said they underestimated the storm, and next time they will have a shelter.

The family told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, Donald will undergo surgery sometime this week.

They said he will be in rehab for awhile, but hope he can come home soon.


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