Isle of Hope woman speaks about losing husband in Hurricane Matthew

Isle of Hope woman speaks about losing husband in Hurricane Matthew

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Hurricane Matthew hit the whole Isle of Hope community hard. For J.C. Davis and her children, the storm changed their lives forever.

J.C.'s husband, Jefferson Davis, was killed in the hurricane.

She said she begged him to evacuate with her and the kids but he protested, telling her this.

"'I've been a Ranger in the Army, I was U.S. Border Patrol, I've been in two helicopter crashes, a storm is not going to kill me. And I said, 'I still want you to come with us.' And he said, 'I need to stay and help anybody who needs to be able to get off of the island,'" said J.C.

The loving husband, father of two and military veteran decided to stay to help others while J.C. and the kids left for North Carolina.

"While we're driving there, we're listening to the newscast and we hear how many people had died in Haiti and my son said, 'Is daddy going to die?'  And I said, 'No, baby daddy's not going to die.'"
After the storm passed Saturday morning, J.C. remembers trying to get a hold of her husband.

"I started texting him because I didn't want to wake him up and I don't hear from him. Then I start calling him and it's just ringing."

So, she sent a neighbor to check.

"The neighbor said, 'Oh God.  I've got to call you back.' So, I'm waiting and waiting and about an hour later my neighbor calls and says the police are here and they have roped off your house and I said, 'Is he alive or dead?' and they said, 'We don't know, we can't find him.'"

Their house was crushed so badly by a large tree she said they couldn't get him out until that night.

Now, her world is turned upside down.

"The shock of becoming a widow at 39 with a son who just turned six on Sunday and a little girl who just turned two three weeks ago," she said. "We were supposed to spend my son's birthday weekend at Disney World. We had planned a surprise birthday party weekend for him that we had to cancel."
Instead, they attended a Celebration of Life ceremony for their father.

Now, as crews on Isle of Hope remove all reminders of Hurricane Matthew, J.C. is hoping she'll figure out how she'll get through this.

"I'm scared. I'm scared of all of this help that is here for me right now that there's so much of it right now I can't even direct it, that I'm afraid that once the debris is all cleaned up and the trees are gone, that we're going to be forgotten about and that is when I'm going to need the help the most."
If you would like to help the Davis family they do have a GoFundMe account.

Tubby's in Thunderbolt is accepting donations as well.

Also, J.C. Davis said she wants something positive to come out of this tragedy. She said since her husband battled PTSD she wants to help others going through the same thing.

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