Gainesville, GA Tornado, Apr 1936 - burying the dead

Gainesville Goes Sadly on Burying 185 Dead

Millions of Tons of Tornado-Strewn Debris Are Hauled Away By Relief Workers As Injured and Homeless Are Taken Care of By Red Cross and Other Relief Workers; Rehabilitation Work is Begun.

Gainesville, Ga., April 8.-(AP)-Gainesville today combined the sad task of burying its 185 tornado dead with a renewed drive to clear away wreckage and restore a measure of security to the thousands who survived Monday's storm.

Funeral processions provided a sombre background for the ceaseless activity of an army of 2000 relief workers assigned to the task of hauling away the millions of tons of debris in the city's business section.

Gainesville, Ga., April 8.-Ministers from surrounding communities joined those of local churches in funeral services for the storm dead of Gainesville and Tupelo today.

More than 100 volunteered at Red Cross headquarters here to comfort bereaved families where private rites had not been arranged.

One beloved clergyman did not answer the call. A Baptist pastor for many years, the Rev. J. M. SHEFFIELD was numbered among the tornado dead.

Flowers were pathetically scarce. Everything that blossoms here went up in the swirling winds of Monday.

One bunch of bright red flowers was placed on the center coffin when they buried JIM BURROUGH and his family of 13 in a 35 foot grave at the Priceville cemetery near Tupelo yesterday.

"Oh, God!" prayed the minister, "give us strength."

Mass funerals were ruled out by the relief officials here. Individual services were conducted, some from battered churches, others from undamaged homes of friends of the victims.

Burial of the unidentified dead was set for this afternoon.

The Daily Times-News, Burlington, NC 8 Apr 1936