The Volunteer State: August’s deadly flooding of Humphreys County took at least 20 lives. Now, an anonymous donor is stepping in to pay for every funeral.
William Brown is the manager of the Humphreys County Funeral Home. It’s been a heartbreaking week for him and his community. But one man’s tremendous act of kindness is helping to restore hope.
According to Brown, an anonymous donor is paying for the funerals of all 20 people killed by the Saturday floods. He tells the Tennessean that the man did not wish to receive any notoriety for the gesture. He simply walked into the funeral home on Thursday, Aug. 26, and paid for the nine funerals Brown’s funeral home is taking on.
Then, that same man would travel to other Humphreys Co. funeral homes to do the same.
The anonymous man’s tremendous act of kindness comes amidst hundreds of thousands in donations. People from across Tennessee – and the country at large – are pitching in to help after the floods that devastated Tennessee over the course of the Aug 21-22 weekend.
In county seat Waverly alone, hundreds of homes were destroyed by the near-immediate 17 inches of rainfall. Flash-flooding would swell every waterway in Middle Tennessee, with Humphreys Co. receiving the brunt.
GoFundMe pages are also helping to cover the costs of funerals. One account is surpassing $100,000 for the tragic death of the 7-month-old twins who died by the raging waters. Country icon Chris Stapleton is among those to donate.
The Tennessean also cites $50,000 in donations from the Tennessee Titans. $50,000 comes from local Regions Bank, alongside local manufacturer Chemours matching both of these amounts combined.
Tennessee Floods Hit Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Take Beloved Foreman
Another victim of Saturday’s horrific floods was the beloved foreman of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.
Lynn’s Ranch, located in Hurricane Mills, TN would have Wayne Spears as the “heart” of the entire operation for decades. Tragically, Spears would be “swept up” in the catastrophic flooding of Middle Tennessee over the weekend. He is one of over 20 deaths from the catastrophe.
The Loretta Lynn Ranch would update followers on Wayne’s passing the following Monday evening. A touching memoriam post to their official Facebook page has since gone viral.
“With the heaviest of hearts we are saddened to report that our beloved foreman Wayne Spears did not survive being swept up in the flood waters,” the statement begins. “Wayne has been a family friend to the Lynns and a fixture to the Ranch for decades and we are all devastated by his passing.”
The Loretta Lynn family says “The Ranch will never be the same without him. But he will always be remembered for his ready smile, kind heart, and willingness to go the extra mile for everyone around him.”
To help the victims of the Tennessee floods, The Waverly Department of Public Services – Police & Fire have say volunteers can help with cleanup and recovery by calling 931-888-8011 or 931-888-8012.
In addition, The Tennessee Emergency Response Fund is accepting donations here.