published Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Fire destroys Georgia home, but signed Elvis portrait survives

Joel Withrow, known as Cowboy, and his friend, Vivian, stand in front of Cowboy's home with the signed Elvis painting after fire destroyed virtually everything.
Joel Withrow, known as Cowboy, and his friend, Vivian, stand in front of Cowboy's home with the signed Elvis painting after fire destroyed virtually everything.
Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — A North Georgia man revisited his burned home Thursday in Fannin County.

A heater sparked the fire that destroyed his home. But for Joel Withrow, it wasn't what he lost in the fire, it was what he saved.

Withrow's friends call him Cowboy. He's a simple man. By talking with him, you wouldn't know he's standing in the rubble of his home. He estimates it was in his family for almost 100 years.

Read more at WRCB.

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