Thanksgiving Mixed with Sadness

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Apparent tornados caused the death of a Winston County man, injured several people and damaged numerous homes Wednesday.

Bennie Colton was the lone person killed in the storm. A family friend said Colton, 44, his son, Bennie Earl Colton, stepdaughter Latrice Clark and common-law wife Bobbie Clark, were in their Winston County, Miss., home when the storm hit about 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Cleanup continued Thursday as most Mississippians sat down at the dinner table to give thanks and partake in a Thanksgiving feast.

The congregation of Temple Baptist Church in Gulfport gathered in prayer last night to give thanks that they were spared in Wednesday morning's storms even if sections of their sanctuary's roof had to be covered in plastic.

Associate Pastor Forrest Waldrop led the congregation in prayer. Two other church buildings on the grounds also received damage. Waldrop says the church plans on rebuilding.

Reports of other storm damage came from Harrison, Pontotoc, Jasper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Simpson, Smith and Washington Counties.

Autaugaville, Ala., also struggled to recover Thursday. A line of tornadoes destroyed dozens of homes there Wednesday.

One woman was killed and at least two other people were injured.

Eight confirmed twisters left survivors to rummage through the destruction on Thanksgiving.