Morehouse Parish woman almost loses her 6 year old little boy in a deadly tornado

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(04/26/19) A small community in Morehouse Parish is trying to salvage and rebuild from Thursday’s tornado. 

“I saw one tree down that I knew of. I didn’t know the massive amount of trees that I had down at that time,” Darlene Phillips said.

Phillips had 17 large tress to fall in her yard. Roads were blocked with uprooted trees and just about every home in the nighborhood had fallen trees scattered in their yards.

Her nephew had a tree fall on his trailer home causing his roof to cave in, damage to his floors and back wall. 

 Mary O’Neal’s home was also destroyed by a fallen tree. She says her son’s existence is nothing but the grace of God

“I give God all the glory for that. He gets all the glory,” O’Neal said.

She’s better known as “NaNa” to six-year old Jonah. She has been keeping him since he was six months old.

O’Neal,72, has seen her own share of storms. She lost her husband and parents all in the same week in December 2015. She has two older sons but Jonah has been a special blessing to her since she has been keeping him. 

“I thank God for him everyday,” O’Neal said. “He’s helped me get through this rough period that I’ve had.” 

She almost lost him too. The tree that fell on her home went through Jonah’s room and landed on his bed. Jonah slept with O’Neal that night, like he always does, but that weekend he was supposed to be in his own room.

“If he had been in bed. He more than likely would not have been here today.” Mrs. O’Neal said.

Easter weekend, she was going to buy him a new bed so he could sleep in his own room but she decided to put it off. If O’Neal had bought the bed, the tree would have landed on Jonah that morning.

“I thank God I put that off God knew what he was doing,”O’Neal said. 

Jonah lost his miniature goat in the tornado but he knows his friend is flying high in the sky with his other loved ones.

“Take care of my goat in the sky and my pop and tell everybody that I used to know I love them.”

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