Tommy Spain

Much progress has already been made in the settlement community of Pickens County where a tornado killed three people Saturday.

City and county workers along with power crews were working nonstop, but many of the people helping in Settlement aren’t from the area and have no ties to Pickens County. They’re just people who saw a need and acted to meet it.

“I want to make it an every day thing. To help people who are in need. Not just in disasters like this but every day life,” Jason Schrock with Christian Aid Ministries said. He and Nathaniel Miller came with a church group from Macon, Mississippi.

“It is amazing what can be done when there are a lot of people showing up,” Miller said. “I feel like I haven’t really done that much really. It is amazing how much is getting done really with this many people showing up. I am glad to be a part of it.”

On Monday, these men and many others gathered debris near what is left of 51-year-old Tyrone Spain’s home.

Spain is one of the three confirmed fatalities from Saturday’s storm.

“He was loved and just fun. I just can’t really put it into words,” said Spain’s cousin Tammy Spain. She lives just feet from where the storm killed Tyrone.

She said she still can’t believe he is gone.

“Tyrone was pretty much the life of the party,” Spain said. “Always laughing. Liked to have a good time. He loved him some Alabama. Just a real family man. Loved his kids. ”

Tammy Spain’s home was also severely damaged by the storm. She said she was at work in Tuscaloosa County when the storm hit. Her four sons, all between the ages of 8 and 16, were at home and survived the storm unharmed. While Spain is mourning the loss of her cousin, she said she is more than thankful for her community and all the help they’ve provided.

“Man I love it,” Spain said. “I love the way that everybody came together just reached out in any way the could. If you say you need something, oh it’s coming. ”

The other two confirmed fatalities in Pickens County were identified as 85-year-old Albert Barnett and his 75-year old wife Susan.

Tyrone Spain owned a car wash in Carrollton and also Spain Taxi Service, which operated during special events including football games at the University of Alabama.

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