Video captures moment tornado rips through funeral home: ‘It’s devastating’

Video captures moment tornado rips through funeral home: ‘It’s devastating’

The moment the tornado hit Schubert Funeral Home in Sunbright, Tennessee, was captured on video.

SUNBRIGHT, Tenn. (WVLT/Gray News) – The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down in Tennessee near Sunbright on Tuesday afternoon.

Although Wartburg Police Chief Michael Cox said no injuries were reported, several businesses suffered significant damage from the tornado, including Schubert Funeral Home.

The moment the tornado hit Schubert Funeral Home was captured on video.

“Well, it was a normal day until I got home and had a friend of mine call and ask if I’ve been to my funeral home in Sunbright,” said Billy Glen Kennedy, owner of Schubert Funeral Home. “I said, ‘No, what’s up?’ and he said, ‘It’s gone.’ I got in the truck and drove up here as soon as I could, and this is what I saw.”

Kennedy, who has worked at the funeral home for 40 years and owned it for the last 11 years, said there wasn’t much wind or rain at his home, only four miles away, when the tornado touched down.

“I did hear a tornado warning, but I didn’t really think much about it. I just live about four miles down the road and there wasn’t really any wind or rain or anything. I was really surprised when I got up here and saw all this damage. I’m really thankful nobody was hurt,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy said the damage to the funeral home is devastating, but he’s thankful nobody was hurt.

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“It’s devastating, but again, this stuff can be replaced,” Kennedy said. “Some things we wanted to get out before the rain. Just paintings that friends had given us over the years, personal belongings and stuff like that. We’re just thankful nobody was hurt, and we’ll just have to move forward.”

Kennedy also said he received lots of support from his friends and the Sunbright community following the tornado.

“It’s a small community. Everybody knows everybody. My great friends came out and my phone has been ringing constantly. It’s good to have friends and the support of the community,” Kennedy said. “That’s how we’re going to get through all of this. It looks like we might’ve gotten the worst of it, but it’s all good. Nobody’s hurt.”

Kennedy said it’s unclear at this time when the funeral home will reopen, but he added services will continue in Wartburg.

“Keep us in your prayers,” Kennedy said. “I appreciate all of the support and I’m thankful nobody else was hurt.”

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