February 29, 2008
Americus -- One year after a deadly tornado caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage in Americus, hundreds of people gathered on the campus of Georgia Southwestern to reflect on a year gone by - a year of rebuilding and healing for Americus and Sumter County.
Governor Sonny Perdue recognized the strong foundation and determination of the community that pulled together during a devastating disaster that claimed two lives in its wake.
"I think that like with a lot of tragedies, there will be a lot of good that comes out of this," said Perdue.
Cathy Wakefield Dukes' husband Jerry was one of the two victims killed when the twister ravaged Americus.
"I thought about it and I decided that the'yre doing this in rembrance of jErry my husand. And I gotta be there. He would want me to be there."
More than 1,000 homes and businesses were either damaged or destroyed by the tornadoes, but her loss could not be re-built..it was permanent. Despite it all, she still has faith.