Tragedy Strikes Close to Home

I heard the sirens early Thursday as I was making our morning coffee. In the city, the sound of sirens is quite common. That being the case, to city-dwellers, the sound often goes unheard. But here in the country, it’s a sound you rarely hear and when you do, it’s never good news.

I stepped out onto the back deck to see if I could figure out where the sound came from but the emergency vehicle had already passed or reached its destination because I could no longer hear it.

But I move through my morning routine with an uneasy feeling. When I left for work sometime later, I came upon several emergency vehicles about a mile from our house.

A white van was sitting in the middle of the road and the front was horribly damaged.

“This cannot be good,” I though to myself. I’m not a gawker so I heeded to the instructions of the crew working the scene and weaved through the wreckage and onto work.

Later that day, my niece Samantha called to say that Brandy Savage, a girl who had been on the dance line at Dora , had been killed in the wreck. My heart sank.

I did not know Brandy personally, but I’ve heard a great deal since Thursday. My heart goes out to Brandy’s family and her fiancé.

Saturday, Sep 05, 2009

Brandy Renee Savage, 20, of Empire, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, after a tragic automobile accident. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Empire Church of God with burial in Empire Memory Gardens. Bruce LeVan, Jay Trayl, and Laura Spain will officiate. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Bell Funeral Home Sumiton will direct.

She was a graduate of Dora High School and Jasper Beauty Academy. She was a lifelong member of Empire Church of God and was an active member of her church drama team and a faithful member of the Infinity Youth Group.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Meghan Johnson-Savage and her Paw-Paw, James O. “J.O.” Savage.

Survivors include her fiancé, Blake Creel of Sumiton; parents, Wayne and Cindy Savage of Empire; brother, Jamie Savage of Jasper; sister, Carissa Moore of Empire; stepbrothers, Joshua, Jason, and Justin Craig of Empire; grandmother, Elsie Savage of Empire; special aunt and uncle, Donna and Mike Harris of Sipsey; aunts and uncles, Pete and Tracy Savage of Dora, David and Betty Williams of Sipsey, Greg and Rita Goodwin of Hayden, Kerry and Melinda Goodwin of Hayden, and Chris and Cinnamon Goodwin of Hayden; in-laws in love, Melia and Harvey Creel of Sumiton; grandfather, Donald Goodwin of Hayden; and a host of other relatives, friends, and all the special children that her life touched.

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