HIGDON, ALABAMA (WRCB) - Thirty years ago, Robert Bethune of Higdon built his dream home, one log at a time. But on April 27, 2011 Robert and his family prayed in a tiny closet as their home was reduced to splinters. The Bethunes have rebuilt, but life will never be the same.
It was country living at its best. A log home, surrounded by trees and picturesque scenes; a family enjoying nature's bounty. "You couldn't see none of these houses," Robert said. "It was full of timber, we had a lot of privacy."
But at 5:30 p.m. on April 27 Robert, his wife, Wonda, daughter and son-in law Lora and Tim Poore and five other family members had heard a tornado was coming. They had about fifteen minutes notice. They held hands and prayed in a small closet, knowing there was nothing they could do to save the family home.