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Funeral home aims to help Tennessee fire relief effort

November 30, 2016

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home and Bulloch Memorial Gardens will assist in emergency and recovery assistance for the citizens of Sevierville, Tennessee, who are being severely affected by devastating wildfires. Bulloch County Fire Chief Christopher Ivey and the funeral home are working with Sevierville’s fire department to coordinate relief efforts.

“Their community is requesting water, non-perishable food and personal care products,” said Tracy Joiner, owner of Joiner-Anderson.

Richard Pylant, Bulloch County deputy coroner and a local businessman, helped organize the effort.

“Our family goes up there, and to see this displacement is unimaginable,” he said. “The firefighters can’t use bulldozers there because of the terrain, and they have to do the majority of it by hand and rake. I was watching the news this morning, and it’s so disconcerting to see that all the people’s homes and property are gone. I prayed about it, and this is the way we can display God’s love. We can help people up in Tennessee by this outreach and support.”

Donations may be dropped off through Thursday by 6 p.m. at Bulloch Memorial Gardens or by 8 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home.