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Marmaduke, AR Tornado
April 2, 2006 tornado in Marmaduke, Arkansas

I was working on power restoration in the area and took a few minutes to snap some pictures.
Date(s): April 2, 2006. Album by Bob Robertson. Photos by Bob Robertson, Entergy Corp. 1 - 102 of 102 Total. 1915 Visits.
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This section of building laying on the ground was 63 feet tall and 500 feet long.  It was the same height as the building left standing.

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hey everyone i hope that you'r homes are back where you'r hearts are  i was in marmaduke when the storm hit and it was the scariest moment in my life!!! i dont live in marmaduke anymore i live in  plant city florida but i miss it i miss all my friends my family my church and my home i'm so glad to know that no one was killed in the storm  i would of been mortified!!!! but any ways i hope to come  home soon no matter how many storms hit as a  community we can stand tall,strong,and firm god bless you all.
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kelsey holcomb, Tue, 20 Mar 2007 8:29PM
When I saw the devastation this storm caused I was shocked. I know some people in Marmaduke. its true it was a miracle that no one was killed. our prayers here in Ohio are with you, and our finances. we are trying to help build a safe room for the kids at school in marmaduke in case of another storm so they have somewhere to go. God Bless you all!
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John Powell, Thu, 25 Jan 2007 9:46PM
i lost my home in this storm . although it has been a slow process of regain the strength to go on we as as community are just thankful we did not lose any of our neighbors all our things can be replaced but not the members of our community \
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martha burke, Fri, 1 Dec 2006 7:52PM
my mom and stepdads house was destroyed by the tornado. they left there home just 10 minutes before it hit not even knowing that a tornado was headed there way. that was the last time they saw there house and the memories they left behind. the good lord was looking out for them that day.
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amy howe, Tue, 26 Sep 2006 6:59PM
I spent countless hours trying to help cleanup. I have since joined the town Fire Department so if something happens like that again (Hope it don't) I'll be right in the middle of it....My Thanks goes out to all of those whom did spend coutless days cleaning the ravaged town up...
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Brian Tritch, Wed, 20 Sep 2006 9:05PM
Thanks for the pics.  I live right behind Larry Dukes and had minimal damage compared to the town.  Only windows, shingles, sinding, a barn, a shop, and 3 sheds.  The barns and sheds were totally destroyed, but I am very thankful that my family wasn't hurt.  I had several family members that lost everything and my prayers go out to them for a speedy recovery.  Insurance covered most damages, just a lot of time invloved to rebuild.
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Danny Sutherland, Fri, 12 May 2006 7:32AM
Wow, I am glad I got to see those pics. I grew up not far from marmaduke, and when i had heard the storm had hit there i was relieved and devastated at the same time,,,,relieved because i now live so far away from there but devstated that all those people had to endure such pain. If I had the means I would build everyone a new home.
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Kim Q., Sat, 6 May 2006 9:17AM
Hello everyone, "God Bless You All". I've been gone from Marmaduke since 1985. Too many years. I'm always touched to hear about home, although this time my prayers are with you all. Keep smiling and know you are thought of.   Bill  :-)
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Bill Upchurch, Mon, 1 May 2006 1:49AM
I left from there in 2005 I was very surprise to see what has happen to the town that I drove by everyday to go to work at ARI at paragould and I hope that everyone is safe and god be with you.
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jimmy gilpin, Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:14AM
Hi, I left Marmaduke in 1991. I am sorry to seethe town tore up. I wish everyone the best. Did the high school and gym make it? If anyone town can pull together Marmaduke can. Hang in there
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Vanessa, Wed, 26 Apr 2006 7:13AM
So sad to see these horrible pictures of a quite  family town such as Marmaduke. Prayers go out to all of you.  Take care and God will see all of you through this horrible tragedy>
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Ricky and Donna Bullinger, Tue, 25 Apr 2006 5:57AM
God was watching over Marmaduke two weeks ago when the tornados hit. We had around 300-350 attend Easter services at our storm damaged church. God bless our community. Thank you Red Cross for the meals and needed supplies. Thank you neighbors for just being there and helping.
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William Dixon, Sun, 16 Apr 2006 7:59PM
My parents Raymond and Vicki live two houses down from the Dukes and only lost their cars. My mom popped out of their storm cellar and was just amazed, not sorry. I'm thankful for her spirit and for anyone else who holds their heads high. I am thankful for the donations that were sent and to the red cross for bringing my mom food and water when she couldn't make it up to the school. And to those who pray for Marmaduke, my family has heard your prayers and has been blessed.
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Jennifer Exum, Sat, 15 Apr 2006 12:26AM
I'm so sorry to see how the storm has done so much damage in Marmaduke. We lived about 2 miles toward the west when the storm hit in March of 1997. My family lived out on Peck Speedway close to Mound in the 40' and 50's. I still have friends in Marmaduke and sure hope they are doing okay during this time. Thank you for the pictures so we can see how lucky we are. I now live in Lake Havasu City, AZ. God bless everyone.
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Verna (Underwood) Miller, Fri, 14 Apr 2006 9:05AM
God bless all of us!!!!!  My home is about 4 miles from the one that hit Wynne, Ar that same afternoon.  The tornado was moving in the direction of the city of Wynne.  Within afew miles from town turned and moved south.  So many lives were spared that Sunday afternoon.  So sorry Marmaduke was hit so hard. My Grandparents lived there many years ago, Charles and Emma Talley.
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Janice Brewster, Fri, 14 Apr 2006 8:36AM
I was born on the old Block farm near Marmaduke in December 1938.  My family moved to Randolph county a year later.  I spent 24 years as an army officer and started a security company in DC in 1989.  Some of my family remained in or near Marmaduke until recently.  We will continue to pray for those affected by the storm.

Randall Ford
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Randall Ford, Fri, 14 Apr 2006 6:46AM
I grew up in Joiner. I was sorry to hear about Marmaduke.
Jeanie Smith Jonas
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Jeanie Smith Jonas, Thu, 13 Apr 2006 3:47PM
I have been to Marmaduke many times. My wife and I traveled from Gideon, Missouri to Jonesboro to attend the University. I had a 40 acre tree farm there for four years in early 1970.

Darroll Hargraves,
Wasilla, Alaska
907-357-4726
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Darroll Hargraves, Thu, 13 Apr 2006 4:40AM
Thank you so much for the pictures.  I graduated from Marmaduke and lived there until I married.  My parents, Jim & Wanda Martin, my brother, Shane Martin (whose is also a Marmaduke Police Officer),and my former sister-in-law, Amanda and my nieces (who were insides their home) lost their homes.  Although I live 4000 miles away(Hawaii), I was able to go home and visit my family and see the devestation for myself. My husband is in the Army and we have seen many pictures of war zones,  my first impression upon seeing Marmaduke and all the damage was one of a war zone.  The pictures look very similar.  Many may ask God why something like this happened, I thank God for the lives spared.  A big thank you to the countless volunteers and donations that have been made available to many families affected by this tragedy.  A Great Big Thank you to the Police Officers, National Guard, Emergency Personel that have been working around the clock to provide safety and support to the entire community.  May God continue to bless each person and give the everlasting love and strength to those in need.  God Bless Marmaduke!!!!!
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Shawn (Martin) Finney, Wed, 12 Apr 2006 9:14PM
We are praying for your recovery.

God bless.

J. R. Blackshear
Anchorage, Alaska
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J. R. Blackshear, Wed, 12 Apr 2006 5:39PM
Like so many others who wrote I was born and raised in Paragould and
moved from there in 1968. I now live near St Louis and we did not
see the pictures of Marmaduke. I had friends there and remember
going there often in the 60's. Thanks for the pictures and thanks
to the people who forward them.
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Theresa Oltmann, Wed, 12 Apr 2006 3:32PM
I lived and graduated from Piggott in the 70s and left, moved out of state but now live ouside of Clinton, AR.I had and still do have friends and family that live in Piggott, Gibson,SE MO and NE Ark area Marmaduke was always a part of that family  That doesn't change when you leave - have always been blessed to have seen tornadoes, gotten wind, some damage but nothing like the folks in Marmaduke. My familys'sincere thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the community and surrounding areas.What tries to tear us apart can only make us stronger.   People are strong and courageous Blesing to all of you.
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Lynn Neal WAs Lynn Raymond, Wed, 12 Apr 2006 7:40AM
I grew up in Paragould but the last few years I lived in Arkansas I lived in Marmaduke. I remember a few years ago when it was hit, a few friends and I helped clean up one day. Now over 800 miles away I only wish I was closer and there was something I could do. It was all over the news for the first day up here in Cleveland and then nothing. I appreciate the people who take the time to let the rest of us in the world know what is going on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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jackie foresyth, Wed, 12 Apr 2006 5:55AM
In spite of being 1000 miles away, my thoughts have been on little else but Marmaduke, since the tornado devastated so many of my loved ones homes and lives.  Seeing what WAS my Grandma's house is heartbreaking, as is barely being able to distinguish what is or was anyone else's home simply due to the magnitude of damage done.  Although not there in person...my heart, my thoughts and my prayers are there with all in Marmaduke.  God bless you all!!
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Carma (Rodgers) Muse, Wed, 12 Apr 2006 5:03AM
I grew up in Marmaduke and graduated in 1980,I moved to Paragould thinking (Wow) A bigger town, but theres no place like home, Maramaduke, where my heart will forever go to know the spirit, the love and compassion of the people here, the community as a whole was a beautiful place and will be again, the devestation is tremendous, and as I look around as bad as it is, I see so much love, people reaching out comforting, helping one another, people we dont even no coming from miles and miles around to be there for our communuity, giving tireless hours of hard physical work and emotional support, reaching deep into their own pockets to donate money and supplies to a town so much in need at this time, I was there that Sunday night at the Gym as a volunteer helping and I cant express how sufficient and timely the Red Cross and Rescue Personal, Police, National Gaurd, Civilians, Medical Personel from all around was there to help, supplies from everywhere came pouring in to the gym in just a few short hours, the response was quick, To my sister (Julie Gilliam Bailey) who lives in the Scatter Creek area and suffered alot of home and property damage and my brother (Tim Gilliam, his wife Julie, My nieces Carly and Katelyn) who live just outside of Marmaduke and also suffered alot of damage to their home and property, I love you guys so much and thank God everyday that none of you were hurt, Thanks to everyone so much for your prayers and support for this wonderful town of people, My home town, May God Bless You All
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Cynthia ( Gilliam ) Dowdy, Tue, 11 Apr 2006 7:36PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who live in Marmaduke.  I work for CRDC Head Start and our classroom is the one with the brick wall laying in it.  "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me".  Marmaduke you will be strong.
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Judy | crdcnea.com, Tue, 11 Apr 2006 12:14PM
My heart and prayers go out to the fine folks in Marmaduke.  I work for CRDC Head Start.  I have been to the school and seen the damamge.  The Head Start classroom took a direct hit.  It is the room that has been shown on the news with the walls down.  Marmaduke may God grant you the strength to get thru these very difficult times.  You are strong and will rebuild.
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Cindy, Tue, 11 Apr 2006 11:42AM
thanks for showing the pictures.i hope these people got some warning before it hit.again thanks for sharing.laurie
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laurie, Tue, 11 Apr 2006 10:24AM
may God give the people of marmaduke strength and patience to live it through and built it again,do our part to help them in their efforts at the same time remember them in our prayers.
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Yasir Sultan, Tue, 11 Apr 2006 10:35AM
I grew up in Lafe and Marmaduke and I know that these two towns will repair and begin again. Marmaduke has a stong community and the people there are the best!!! All my thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone who was touched by the storms. Love to Marmaduke and Lafe!!!!!
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JAMIE BARRETT , Tue, 11 Apr 2006 8:07AM
Our hearts go out to all in Marmaduke we now live in Mountian Home but grew up in Tuckerman. You are all in our prayers.  How hard this must be.  I can't imagine.  I only thank God that no one was killed.  God Bless you all.
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Brenda and Tom Turner Marc and Megan Johnson, Tue, 11 Apr 2006 7:54AM
I (Nancy) am from lower Alabama and Chris is from Campbell Mo. We recently moved back to Alabama. My heart goes out to everyone that was in this line of storms and any other! We know what you guys are going through and because of huricanes of cours and we will be praying for all.
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Chris & Nancy West, Tue, 11 Apr 2006 6:31AM
GOD WILL CONTINUE TO HELP AND AID EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.
YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL BE IN OUR FAMILIES PRAYERS.
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R. L. MORRIS, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 8:52PM
We visited Marmaduke Sat & couldn't believe the devistation! Thank God for keeping his hand on everyone during the tornado. Our church in Paragould has set up a Red Cross station for all those in need. The church is Apostolic Lighthouse on Hwy 49. Look for the Lighthouse our front. We are thankful to be of some assistance during this time of need. For those in need, please feel free to come by! You are in our prayers!
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R & C Loyd, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 9:51PM
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there.  I grew up in Marmaduke and my folks (Harold and Patsy Singleton) are still there; fortunately they did not get hit.  I'm glad to hear no one died.  May GOD grant Marmaduke a speedy recovery.  Billy Wooten
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Billy Wooten, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 7:00PM
very devistating. my parents went to help out and said it was bad. this is worse than bad. i will keep all of you in my prayers.
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Lindsey (Partlow) Glidewell | www.anc.edu, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 6:56PM
Thanks so much for making the pictures available.  I grew up in Marmaduke and have been trying to see everything that I can on the situation there.  Debbie has been great at keeping me informed.  It's unbelievable and so hard to comprehend even with the pictures.  I am praying for all of you in Marmaduke and so thankful that no lives were lost.
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Vicky Tinsley Ramage, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 6:24PM
Nice pics
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Paul McBride, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 4:48PM
Thank you for the wonderful pictures. We are originally from Oklahoma and went through the Moore tornado. We have friends in Marmaduke.  Thank God for all the lives that were spared. We will be praying for you.
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Jim and Kandas Goodman, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 3:22PM
Thank you Robert (Bob) for sharing these pictures. My heart and prayers go out to all who where devastated by this storm.
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Kathy, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 12:44PM
GOD BLESS YOU. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
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THOMAS SMITH, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 11:12AM
I was born in Jonesboro and raised in Valley View.  I now live near Houston.  We just went through Hurricane Rita.  I am so sorry to hear of the devastation and glad to hear no fatalities.
God bless each and every one!
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DShawn, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 8:55AM
God bless and keep the people of Marmaduke. I pray that everyone is comforted to know that God will not abandon them and they are loved. My heart goes out to each and every one affected by the tornado. My problems are as nothing compared to this. I pray for everyone every day.
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Laura Hagen, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 9:40AM
Thank you for sharing these pictures.  It is so sad to see all the destruction of a once beautiful community. I am sure it will be rebuilt even better than it was before because the people of Marmaduke are wonderful people full of faith and courage.
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Joy O'Connor, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 9:35AM
Thank You for sharing the pictures of Marmaduke's tornado damage.  My husband and 15 year old daughter spent this past Saturday there.  My daughter said when she returned home, "Mom, you would not believe it."  We are praying for everyone in the community and Thanking God for sparing LIFE in that community.
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Jada Key, Mon, 10 Apr 2006 5:29AM
I am originally from Rector and still have family in Greene County (including Marmaduke) because I live in Bartlett, Tenn. I have seen alot of the damage to west Tenn. on the news locally, I had heard that Marmaduke was devastated, but these pictures really hit "home". My prayers and thought are with everyone.
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Dawn Boone | dawnsdesk.com, Sun, 9 Apr 2006 9:38PM
Mrs.Debbie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the school board and the rest of the school faculty and staff at this time as you made decisions concerning the school children.
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Heather Williams, Sun, 9 Apr 2006 9:42PM
Thank you for taking these pictures.  Our family has a couple of friends that lost their homes during the storm. You can try to describe the distruction, but until you see it, you just can't.  We will continue to pray for the families of Marmaduke and all those in the surrounding areas.
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Kimberly Davis, Sun, 9 Apr 2006 8:08PM
I don't know who took all these pictures but they are sure incredible. I received them last week from my cousin in Lafe. Please know that so many of us are praying for Marmaduke to come back stronger than ever.
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Libby Owens, Sun, 9 Apr 2006 7:40PM
Thanks for all the Pictures and they show us that we should stay ready to depart this life because we never know when our call will come.
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G L Putman, Sun, 9 Apr 2006 3:11PM
I grew up in Rector so this storm hit in an area where many of my loved ones now live. My son was in Marmaduke visiting when the storm hit. I'm so thankful there was no loss of life. I remember in the 60's and 70's, Jonesboro was the path of most bad storms and tornadoes. Now it seems the path has moved north and Marmaduke seems to be the target. This is so sad. My heart and prayers go out to all affected by this desvastation.
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Lynda (Williams) Fender, Sun, 9 Apr 2006 7:17AM
To: Anna Jane Shields Jackson---Steve Dixon that made the comments on here is the son of Esther Dixon from Marmaduke.  You could contact him.
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Pam Byrd, Sun, 9 Apr 2006 5:20AM
Very nice photos.
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Odd Undem | www.odd-undem.de.vu, Sun, 9 Apr 2006 12:26AM
Best wishes for all in Marmaduke...
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Eric Whyte, Sat, 8 Apr 2006 11:41PM
If anyone know allen dortch and his family tell him to contact his daughter and let her know that he is okay. give them this email, he may not know their new phone number. God bless everyone, we pray for the best.
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Shelly Sessums, Sat, 8 Apr 2006 8:49PM
I was raised in Paragould, but left many years ago.  Lived in MI for 33 years, anad now in AL for 20.  But I had a dear friend who lived in Marmaduke.  Have not heard from her in a LONG time.  Her name is Esther Dixon.    Any one know her,  and if so is she alright??  May God bless you all as you try to put your lives and your homes back together......... AJJ
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Anna Jane Shields Jackson, Sat, 8 Apr 2006 4:50PM
I just returned from Marmaduke with a group of volunteers from First Baptist Church. We served lunch to lots of folks at the school, and lots was taken out.
Everyone we met was thankful to be alive and well. They know that things can be replaced, but people can't.
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Tom Trevathan, Sat, 8 Apr 2006 3:16PM
Our prayers are with everyone. We are also trying to get in touch with some of our friends that live in Lafe, they are John and Sammy Jo Johnson and the children. We have tried everyone we know and cant get in touch with them. We would love to speak with them. They can contact John's Parents and they will let them know all the phone numbers they need. Sincerely: Joy & Johnny D. Latta
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Joy & Johnny D.Latta, Sat, 8 Apr 2006 1:32PM
My rented home was destroyed.  Thanks God my familys was ok.  Only roof damage...we only need your prayers.
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April Humphreys, 22, Sat, 8 Apr 2006 12:15PM
Thanks to my sister Sissy & husband Donnie for sharing this slide series. My heart goes out to all Marmaduke residents, business owners and friends/family impacted by these storms. I went to ASU-Jonesboro 1980-84 and remember driving through Lake City, big chunks of which was demolished by tornados. The feelings of helplessness and despair are unforgettable. Many thanks & blessings to city/gov't officials and everyone who will give their time to bring this community back together.
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N.L. Stracener, Sat, 8 Apr 2006 8:39AM
We lived in Marmaduke back in the 90s when the tornado hit. That one missed our house (barely) but I heard this one got it. It is so sad, Marmaduke was just getting a good start with the new businesses, etc. We also lived in Paragould & Blytheville. We were the managers of the Mini-Rise senior housing in Paragould when they had the fire where 2 old people burned up. We now live in the Ozarks up in MO.
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Ivan & Sandy Berry, Sat, 8 Apr 2006 4:50AM
Thanks Russell
Lots Of Destruction
I'm Sure It Could Have Been Worse
God Bless Those Who Lost Everything They Had
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Frank & Janet Wheeler, Sat, 8 Apr 2006 12:33AM
Thanks to whom ever put these pictures together.  I grew up in Rector, but now live in the state of Oregon. I have family in Marmaduke and I am praising God that they were spared with little damage to their homes. Steve Franks, the Chief of Police and Chris Franks of the fire department are my nephews.  There was miracle after miracle that day (4/2/06) in Marmaduke, AR.
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Donna Ellis Crow, Fri, 7 Apr 2006 11:49PM
how bad it is, we  cant  imagine  going thru this, we did  here in jonesboro in 1968 and 1973, god  bles all of  those  affected !
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tom jackson, Fri, 7 Apr 2006 9:16PM
I'm in Texas but my family lives near this area. We are so sorry for the people who are still there. Are prayers are with you all. God Bless.
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Kim , Fri, 7 Apr 2006 8:05PM
I covered Marmaduke news briefly for the Clay County Democrat last year. Everyone I met was very helpful and courteous, it was a pleasure to talk with Marmaduke's citizens during my time there. Even though it will take time to get back on track, I'm glad everyone came out alive. My condolences and best wishes go to Mayor Drope, the city government, and all the citizens of Marmaduke.
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Derek Benjamin, Fri, 7 Apr 2006 6:35PM
Despite several rumors of fatalities, there have been no deaths reported from the Marmaduke community.  Julie (Hatfield) Westbrook is still in the hospital recovering from her injuries as of 4/7/06.  Any information of her death is unsubstantiated.
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Jody Faulkner, Fri, 7 Apr 2006 11:27AM
Born and raised in Piggott. I have been gone from Piggott for many years but I remember Marmaduke well. Thanks for taking the time to keep us informed of the devastation that hit Marmaduke.
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Jean P. Hawkins, Fri, 7 Apr 2006 8:20AM
I'm originally from Paragould, but now in Little Rock.  Our news wouldn't show much down here, so this is a real eye-opener.  Thanks for doing this.
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Nikki Long, Fri, 7 Apr 2006 6:37AM
I WAS BORN IN ARKANSAS, CLOSE TO PARAGOULD, AND HAVE FAMILY THERE. I CAN ONLY IMIGINE HOW THIS HAS AFFECTED EVERYONE THERE. MY HEART REACHES OUT TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.
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JAN FRITZLER, Thu, 6 Apr 2006 8:13PM
The pictures are great, but until you walk thru it, you havn't felt it.  I live at 202 S. 5th St in Marmaduke.  We were one of the Fortunate one who only suffered minimum damage.
KEEP MARAMDUKE IN YOUR PRAYERS

Steve
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Steve Dixon, Thu, 6 Apr 2006 7:53PM
It's a terrible mess, but it could have been a lot worse. We live 3 miles west om 34 hwy. And we also recieved, quite a bit of damage, on 34 @ 416 junction.
  God Bless, all involved in this photo report, and the website, and "GOD BLESS AMERICA".
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Robert Dukes, Thu, 6 Apr 2006 5:14PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was born and raised in Jonesboro so this really hits home for me. God bless you.
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Nicole Caples, Muskegon, MI, Thu, 6 Apr 2006 1:55PM
Gloria and I were living in Jonesboro in 1968 when the Tornado came through Valley View and Nettleton. We moved into Jonesboro in 1973 just in time to get hit again. We can certainly understand what Marmaduke is going through. It's worse than a war zone. We have many friends in Marmaduke and thank GOD nobody was killed. You are always in our prayers. God Bless
Sam & Gloria Bridges, Paragould, AR.
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Sam & Gloria Bridges, Thu, 6 Apr 2006 8:22AM
Thank you for the pictures. The Marmaduke community is in our prayers.
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Shawntae Templeton, Thu, 6 Apr 2006 8:29AM
My sister, RN Andrea Ellis, from Lafe, Arkansas,sent these devastating pictures to me. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
GOD BLESS MARMADUKE1
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Theresa Henderson, WV, Thu, 6 Apr 2006 8:20AM
God Bless Everyone in their time of need
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Ruby Marie Kendrick, Thu, 6 Apr 2006 7:35AM
thank you for your time to share the storm
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JEANNIE, Wed, 5 Apr 2006 10:05PM
 
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