"Wind tore off most of the home’s roof and ripped open the north side of house, exposing a bedroom and a closet where sweat shirts and dresses were still on their hangers. In the front yard, a sliver of aluminum siding from a neighbor’s barn was wrapped around a teetering telephone pole.
The front yard was littered with decades of memories: a Loretta Lynn album, a porcelain lamp and a green golf bag were among the recognizable items.
“My heart sinks,” Gooden said. “I worked a lifetime for all this.”
He said he’d like to go in the home to retrieve items such as his wife’s jewelry or his NASCAR collectibles, but that it was too unsteady.
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