A Christmas eve fire left a Liberty family homeless Friday night.
Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were called to the home of Phillip and Natasha Waggoner at 270 Groom Street, Liberty at 9:40 p.m. after a passerby spotted the blaze and reported it to 911.
County Fire Chief Donny Green said the house was already engulfed in flames by the time firefighters were notified and they could not save the home. The family has a sick child in a Nashville hospital so the Waggoners were not at home at the time of the fire.
Neighbors salvaged a few items from the basement but most of the family's belongings were lost in the fire. The cause is undetermined.
Members of the Liberty, Short Mountain Highway, Temperance Hall, Main Station, and Tanker #1 responded along with DeKalb EMS and the Sheriff's Department.
The DeKalb County Unit of the American Cancer Society seeks your support in the "Love Lights a Tree fundraising campaign." This annual event gives area residents the opportunity to honor a special person during the holiday season and aid in cancer research.
The "Love Lights a Tree" project is designed to raise money not only for research, but includes cancer education and patient services. Donations in honor of and in memory of a special person can be made throughout the holiday season. The persons you honor or remember do not necessarily have to have suffered from cancer.
The names of honorees are as follows:
Kent Smithson, Mike Breeding, Polly Turner, Nadean Turner, Jimmy Taylor, Sandra Wall, Patsy Judkins, Violet Fuson, Margie Smith, Donald Smith, McKinley Jones, Ruth Pirtle, Linda Judkins, Carolyn Sheets, Ralph Curtis, Lisa Anderson, Willie Turner, Radley Hendrixson, David Terrell, Earl D. France, Georgie Willoughby, Macon Hale, Veronica Kay Atnip, and Emma Petty
Jack Midgett, Velma Midgett, Frances Scramick, Dick Scramick, Joe Huffman, Judy Huffman, Shane Hawkins, Judy Hawkins, Lonnie Wilkins, Becky Wilkins, Peggy Roller, Rebecca Beason, Carl R. Cathcart, T.C. McMillen, Leonard Gwyn, Howard Stanley, Martha Cathcart, Will Allen Cathcart, William Doyle Thomason, William Paul Thomason, Ewin Sandlin, Sherman Love, James Gantzer, Barbara Page, Charles L. Redmon, Clara Carter, Frances Haley, B. Akin, Mai Akin, John D. Akin,
Buddy Cook, Bob Cook, Jessie Cook, Pam B. Cook, Lucille Cook Harris, Brownie Haley, Arzie Usrey, June Nixon, Len Judkins, Earl Judkins, Marie Judkins, Clyde Randolph, Mary Randolph, Ruth Elder, Jordon Steinbach, Brackett Luna, Nadean Luna, Margaret Freeman, Leonard M. Freeman, Sr., L.M. "Buddy" Freeman, Kevin Sanders, Houston Braswell, Eugene Braswell, Hattie Velma Braswell, Betty Jean Braswell, Courtney Pirtle, Nell Judkins,
Austin Vaughn, Linnie Johnson, Alfred England, Helen England, Paul Johnson, Dr. W.E. Vanatta, Kathy Crouch, Homer Lee Ellis, Green Wall, Maud Wall, Esker Harrison, Eva Harrison, Vada Pauline Herndon, Luther Fuson, Pearl Fuson, Lewis Cobb, Floyce Vaughn, Florene Sanders, Peggy Palmer, Ted Beck, Curtis Adams, Clyde Redmon, Foster Redmon, Tracy Cassidy, Glenn Smith
Lynn Duke, H.C. Duke, Kathy Foster, Gail Cripps, Emily Cripps, J. Van Walls, Jack G. Rhody, Charles L. Johnson, Angel Mahler, Mary L. Collins, Ruby Pinegar, Ewin Vanatta, Eveleen Walls, Donnie Edge, Helen Jones Mayo, Mallow Herndon, Sara Frances Herman, Nina Phillips, Vada Reeder, George Reeder, Bertie Reeder, C.T. Phillips, Sr., Edna Pauline Phillips, Sandra Willoughby, Billy J. France, James Alvie France,
Royce L. Givens, Jr., Dr. Jerry Puckett, Woodrow Frazier, John Larry Frazier, Billie Ann Frazier, Harold Hoover, Stanley E. Wallace, Virgil Smith, Nan Smith, Grady Crook, Eva Crook, Will Allen Crook, John Paul Grubb, Robert Joines, Johnnie Joines, Marvin Hutson, Lular Hutson, Edward Hobson, H.R. Rosson, Jewell Dean Alligood, Doris Janette Chapman, Chester Chapman, Walter Cubbins, Wilma Cubbins
Jim Truitt Hale, Jack Barnes, Dorotha Barnes, Donald Johnson Estes, Billy Estes, Sr., Marshall Estes, Lloyd Redmon, William Michael Murphy, Vera L. Davenport, Vanice King Davenport, Billy Cooper Pruitt, Sr., Bobby Carroll Pruitt, Leonard Nixon, Betty Nixon Vickers.
Love lights are $5.00 each. Forms are available at most banks in DeKalb County. The name of every person honored or remembered will be placed on a display board located on the south lawn of the courthouse through the holiday season.
For more information contact Iva Dell Randolph at 597-5296, Violet Fuson at 597-4483, Linda Luna at 597-5837, Barbara Ashford at 931-417-6563, Melanie Judkins at 597-1132, or Casey Midgett at 597-2089.