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Victim Of Deadly Tornado Laid To Rest

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Mike Yarber and a friend died when their trailer flipped during an E-F3 tornado in the Kirksville area of Madison County on Friday.

The funeral for the second victim of a deadly tornado took place Thursday afternoon.

Family and friends took time to say a final goodbye to Mike Yarber.

"He's always been like a little brother to me. I'm going to miss him", says Roy Hoskins, Yarber's uncle.

"We were kids and stuff growing up. there's alot of memories there", says Carol Decker, Yarber's cousin.

"He was a nice person and a good friend", says Anthony Blanton, one of Yarber's friends.

Yarber and 42-year-old Glenda Charbonnel died when their trailer flipped during an E-F3 tornado in the Kirksville area of Madison County on Friday.

"With all the trees around them, the probably couldn't see it coming", says friend Anthony Blanton.

They were celebrating the 35th birthday of his girlfriend, Katrina McKee.

McKee and their two sons, Trevor and Travis, were sent to the hospital. Another man was uninjured.

Yarber's visitation started at 11:00 Thursday morning at Combs, Parsons and Collins Funeral Home in Richmond. It was followed by his funeral.

Family members say, although going through a hard time, they would like to thank the first responders on the scene that day soon after the tornado.

"The Madison County Rescue Squad and the Madison County ambulance service. I think they were the first ones on the site there and I really appreciate all they've done for us", says Yarber's uncle, Roy Hoskins.

Family and friends have now set up a fund under the name 'Mike Yarber' at the People's Bank and Trust in Madison County to help the family.

"To help us on the funeral costs and expenses and stuff", says Wayne Biggs, Yarber's cousin.

Everything, the kids grandmothers home and great-grandfathers home is gone. Their house is gone", says Roy Hoskins.

"Just need to help his family and kids. They need it", says Anthony Blanton.

The other person killed in the storm, Glenda Charbonnel was buried on Wednesday.

Katrina McKee, is paralyzed after the storm.


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