"Timex Baby" Graduates High School

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

A baby who once "took a lickin' and kept on tickin'", and was featured in a Timex watch ad for it, has reached the legal age of adulthood. 18-year-old Tanner Moody graduated Clarkdale High School Friday.

But his survival as a newborn Mar. 10, 1992, when a devastating tornado ripped through Lauderdale County, destroying his home and claiming three lives, was and is viewed as a miracle.

"We have just come so far, and you know, it's been rough but it was so worth it," said Tanner's mother, Laura Sanchez.

On that morning, a tornado ripped through the Zero community, flipping the family's mobile home and throwing the family of four in the debris-filled yard. Everyone was accounted for except for Tanner. After 45 minutes of searching, the baby's cries led them to a pine tree where Tanner was found, hanging by his nightshirt, ten feet above ground.

"When that happened, we didn't hear anything except the rumble of the tornado and the trailer disintegrating up under us," said Tanner's father, Keith Moody, of the night the tornado hit.

"When that was going on that night, I was so worried that we wouldn't find him, or that something had happened to him," said Sanchez. "I hoped against all hope that he was O.K. and God answered my prayers."

Tanner said he feels the weight of this accomplishment. He says he thinks about what could have happened that morning.

"What would happen if I wasn't here? Where would my parents be? What would they be going through?" said Tanner. "It's a great feeling just to be here."

"It's God's will for him to make it here for this day, and there is no telling for the future," said his dad.

And like the other members of Clarkdale's Class of 2010, Tanner Moody has his life ahead of him. He plans to attend college and wants to continue playing soccer, but most of all, he's just happy to be here.

The 1992 tornado was one of the most significant in Mississippi history. The F3 hit about 1 a.m. Three people died in Lauderdale County as a result. Fifty-seven people were injured.

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  • by jamie Location: meridian on Jun 2, 2010 at 02:18 PM
    jealous much james? is it because of your poor grammar that you didn't graduate this year? what does any of what you said have to do with the story?
  • by Mary Location: Meridian on May 21, 2010 at 12:01 AM
    It is unfortunate that some wish to cast a dark cloud on the comments made here. I know Tanner's mother personally and remember vividly when this happened. The whole reason behind this story is that it marks a milestone in this childs life (and by the Grace of God he has a life)! This story was not intended to undermine or take any attention away from the other graduating seniors. But I am curious, how many other graduates in his class had the same thing happen to them as infants...my guess would be none. So stop with all the nonsense and negative talk. Personally I'm very proud of Tanner and all of his fellow classmates!!
  • by Melanie Location: Meridian on May 20, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    Congratulations Tanner and the Clarkdale 2010 graduating class!!! Remember Miracles DO happen, good luck in your future endeavors.
  • by Jon Location: Marion on May 18, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    For heaven's sake it is just an interesting story. It doesn't diminish the hard work of anyone else graduating that night. Either read the story or don't read it. Congrats to Tanner and the rest of his class!
  • by Laura Location: Clarkdale on May 18, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    It sad when someone like you James and anonymous can take such a beautiful story and make it ugly. Your just jealous that you were not in the spot light. I am sure Tanner would rather that terrible night when people lost their lives and homes would not have happened.
  • by James on May 18, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    Good for him but there are alot story that can be told we just get this one. And by the way his daddy was the cop that was given minors beer at a party I see he still got his job what a role model .
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    i thik it is quite ridiculous that there were 65 other students out there on that field being honored for the same thing this miracle baby did but because of something that happend like you said 18 years ago their attention was deminished by this story. there has been plenty of recognition given to this boy and his family and that was night meant for all of the graduates not just him.
  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    CONGRATS to the GRADUATE!!!! Oh,I remember that morning all too well-we lived through that tornado too and were very close to where this happened....Whenever I think about that tornado,I always think of the "miracle baby found in the tree"--a miracle!
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