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Father of 13 gives his life to save family in Alabama

What a heart-rending story of a father’s sacrificial love this week. This comes from a blog by Doug Phillips. Tom Lee was a man who always had a sparkle in his eyes and a Gospel message on his tongue. His family is one of those that people describe as “energy givers.” When Tom, his bride and…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

What a heart-rending story of a father’s sacrificial love this week. This comes from a blog by Doug Phillips.

Tom Lee was a man who always had a sparkle in his eyes and a Gospel
message on his tongue. His family is one of those that people describe
as “energy givers.” When Tom, his bride and his family of thirteen
children would arrive in town, it always meant encouragement.

Last night as tornado storm winds approached the Lee home in Alabama,
Tom gathered his wife and thirteen children in the den. They huddled
and they prayed. Two minutes later the tornado descended upon them. The
house was instantly destroyed as beams and cinder blocks rained down
upon them.

But in his last great act of fatherhood, Tom Lee had the presence of
mind to throw himself on top of his children, including his first-born
son Jordan. Looking up at his father Jordan saw the blood in his
father’s mouth and witnessed as the breath began to leave his father,
but was able to hear the last words of his father’s crying out to God
for the safety of his family. Then the spirit left the body of Tom Lee.

There were other injuries including children trapped under a piano
and between beams. Medical assistance was nowhere in sight for many
hours. There was just too much damage in the valley, too few support
teams, and inaccessibility was a problem. Eventually they came.

This morning some children have been released from the hospital while others are still being evaluated for injuries.
 
This is where the Lee children were trapped from 6:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Comments (12)

  • Oh! what manner of Love from a father. Our prayers are with his family. Thank you for sharing this Seth.

  • Thank Tom lee, for you for showing the heart of fatherhood, when our society is dieing, you show the great commitment and value of life of human being, may the lord rise father like you in our generation, may you children live to be great men and women to help other. blessing to and goodwill be with you amen.
    Pastor Francis

  • Thank you Tom lee, for you for showing the heart of fatherhood, when our society is dieing, you show the great commitment and value of life of human being, may the lord rise father like you in our generation, may you children live to be great men and women to help other. blessing to you and goodwill be with you amen.
    Pastor Francis

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