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Sarah’s parents took their five other children to the Thomasville Belk store on Saturday for funeral attire.
“Roy really wasn’t sure how to properly shop for a suit and how to make sure it fit properly. So, he asked for help,” Sarah’s aunt, Kimberly Hendrix, said in a post to the online fundraising page she set up for the family. “The sales rep asked a few questions about what occasion the suits were for. After Roy told her, she excused herself for a moment.”
The store manager then came out and told the Radneys there would be no cost for their somber shopping trip.
“Roy insisted on paying but the manager wouldn’t take the money,” Hendrix said.
The region hardest-hit by Michael in southwest Georgia is where most of Georgia’s row crops, such as ever-important peanuts and cotton, are concentrated, along with pecan trees and vegetable crops. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Agriculture Commissioner's Office; gallery caption information from Joshua Sharpe/AJC)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed the account on Monday, the day President Donald Trump, Gov. Nathan Deal and other officials toured storm-ravaged areas of Georgia and Florida. Michael pounded southwest Georgia and battered a wide swath of the state’s midsection. At one point, 247 routes were impassable, although most had reopened by Monday.
With decades-old pecan trees torn to the ground and huge amounts of cotton destroyed, rebuilding could be a long, slow process.
“Our worst dreams are being realized,” said Georgia Agriculture Secretary Gary Black. “There’s going to be a lot of work to do.”
AJC reporters Ben Brasch and David Wickert contributed to this article.