Funerals Held For Arkansas Tornado Victims

Published 05/05 2014 07:27AM

Updated 05/05 2014 07:48AM

CONWAY, Ark. -- Six victims of last week's deadly tornadoes in central Arkansas are remembered by friends and family.

Mark Bradley, Helen Greer, Dennis and Glenna Sue Lavergne, Robert Oliver and Jeffrey Hunter were all laid to rest on Saturday.

Hunter was a 22-year-old computer science student at UCA. Last Sunday, he huddled in a bathtub with his father and step mother as the tornado barreled down on their Vilonia home.

"He was perfect," said Hunter's sister Anna.  "He always knew how to make me laugh."

Hunter died in the wreckage, but, as we first reported Friday, not before sending on final final text telling his mother goodbye.

Jeff's father and step-mother survived the tornado. They watched the ceremony sitting in wheelchairs still recovering from their injuries

During the funeral, the pastor -- Hunter's great uncle -- spoke about questions swirling in the minds of tornado victims across three counties.

"Did we make the correct decisions?" asked Reverend Fred Hunter.  "Why me? Why my family? Why our city?"

Rev. Hunter said they are questions without answers.  Jeff Hunter's sisters say the pain is still immense, but so has been the outpouring of support.

"People I don't even know and Amanda doesn't know are contributing and helping in any way they possibly can," Anna Hunter said.  "It's beautiful."

As Rev. Hunter closed the ceremony, he sang a rendition of "Abraham, Martin and John" -- a tribute to American icons whose lives were taken -- hoping it will provide comfort to victims of this tragedy.

(story by KNWA, Fayetteville)

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