Burying the Dead

More than two hundred people were killed by the Gainesville tornado strike of April 6, and burials of the dead began on April 8. Because several churches were destroyed or damaged by the storm (or were used for ongoing relief activities), some funeral services were held in private homes. Clergy from surrounding areas came to Gainesville to assist in the memorial services. Despite the grim circumstances, such services helped surviving families and friends of the deceased cope with their loss.

One of the many funeral services conducted in 
        memory of those lost in the terrible storm

Hall County Library Historic Photograph Collection image hchp0514 captures one of the many funeral services conducted in memory of those lost in the terrible storm. This particular scene is believed to depict a service at First Methodist Church on May 5, 1936.