Many volunteers join together to help Stroud family after February tornado in Union City, TN


Tornado destroyed homes near Union City, TN. (Submitted photo)

By Rev. Brian Stahl, Mississippi River District Disaster Response Coordinator

Approximately 20 properties were affected when a tornado touched down outside of Union City, Tennessee, on Feb. 24, 2018. 

One of the properties is owned by Randy and Theresa Stroud, lay servants in the Mississippi River District.  

The couple and their son were trapped inside one of their three mobile homes that were destroyed. They had to be rescued by the Obion County Rescue Squad.

The Mississippi River District Disaster team cleaned up the trailers with help from local churches and Purchase District Early Response Team (ERT) members. A total of 166 man hours were donated. 


  • Volunteers from several churches
  • Shady Grove & Harris United Methodist Churches for providing food for volunteers
  • Allen’s Towing of Union City for providing wrecker and manpower for up-righting semi-trailer free of charge
  • Glisson Land Development Inc. of Wickiffe, KY, for providing manpower and heavy equipment free of charge
  • AJ Salvage for providing dumpsters for scrap metal free of charge
  • Danny Jowers Obion, County EMA Director, for his assistance