SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) — This Sunday marks the third anniversary of the April 27 tornado that impacted the Smithville community.
Three years later and the Smithville Community continues to pick up the pieces.
However, the town plans to remember their loss while celebrating their strength.
“The tornado is part of this town. It’s part of the school it’s part of our history now. We never want to forget what happened and how blessed we are to still be here,” says Chad O’Brian.
As Smithville schools remember the third year anniversary, they remember community members like Bill Steverson who help rebuild the town and the school.
“I’m not sure where daddy got the contacts or how he got up with those people but many just started coming in people started helping from all over the country,” says Kerry Baker.
Steverson’s daughter and school librarian, Kerry Baker remembers her father wanting to use the donations to benefit the heart of the community. The school.
“Anybody in the community has ties whether it’s their children, their grandchildren whether they themselves went to school here or whatever,” says Baker.
Steverson spearheaded more than $400,000 into the school in the last three years.
While Baker admits her father plays a huge role in restoring the community, she says none of it would have been possible without the help from others.
“The amazing things that people did whether it was food or donating or goods or whatever. You really got to see the good in people,” says Baker.
Friday, April 25, the school will hold a ceremony to remember the April 27 tornado.