Monday, February 13, 2012

Finding Help - Update Michael Sexton

Michael Lee Sexton
April 17, 1980 - April 13, 2012

Michael Lee Sexton, 31, Bear Creek, after a courageous battle with Cancer, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012 at his residence. The visitation will be 6:00 - 9:00. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Spry Memorial Chapel. The funeral will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Spry Memorial Chapel. Officiating at the service will be Bro. Michael Farris. Burial will follow at Knights of Pythias Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Amy Sexton, children, Alyssa Sexton Shackleford, Timothy Sexton, Jessica Jane Sexton, Michael Lee Sexton, Jr., Malachi Sexton, Masyn Saban Sexton, Alexia Wilson; parents, tim and Cynthia Newell.


Thank you to all who came out to support the Songwriters For Survivors immediate need benefit for the Michael Sexton Family.

We had a good turnout of performers, fans and friends to support this cause. We raised $1,331 which has been sent directly to Amy Sexton. Please continue to donate to this family as Michael is in the last stages of Lymphoma.

Although the devastating storms took place almost a year ago, there is still much to be done. People, like the Sexton family, who lost everything were put in temporary housing miles away from their homes and the schools their children attended. They were uprooted by these storms and clean-up, rebuilding is still on-going. Please read this message from one of our members:

This email was sent from a member of Songwriters For Survivors and I thought it would be good to post it.
When I was trying to find help, I came across several people who think FEMA and Red Cross helped, so there’s no sense in helping anymore, but it isn’t true. FEMA only there a few days and barely helped. Red Cross stayed until Joplin got hit by a tornado. A lot of the help and donations actually came from regular people, not organizations. It is gonna take years to rebuild and even longer for people to accept what happened, and as one woman cruelly said, “move on.” A lot of lives were lost in a small community. If you drive through Phil Campbell there are still stripped trees, piles of people’s lives laying on the ground. You also still see clothes and tin wrapped into trees and power poles. The mess isn’t cleaned up, most homes are not rebuilt, and the people here are just beginning to start over.
This testimony comes form a woman who lives in Phil Campbell.
Email from Susan Belk
Please visit the new website frequently to see what our plans are. There is a big event planned for May 12th for the City of Hackleburg. The website is still under construction and Terry, our webmaster is adding slideshows of events and more information so keep visiting and clicking on the PayPal link to donate. Every little bit helps and goes to the project.

About Us

Songwriters for Survivors is a collaboration of songwriters and musicians in the Tennessee Valley. Our goal is to organize benefit concerts to raise funds that will help meet the needs of the citizens of North Alabama who have been devastated by various disasters. We were founded after the tornado outbreak of April 25-28, 2011.

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