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Family thanks Mid-South for support after tragic fire death

It was two days before Christmas when one Tipton County family's life was changed forever. 

And now, they say their forever grateful for the outpouring of support from not just the Mid-South but from all over the country. 

In fact, it's a new year, and a new beginning for members of Randall Alsbrook's family.

"It was hard, I miss him like mad and I know my kids do and they ask about him every day.  I'm walking by faith and know everything's okay and he's in a better place," says his wife Melanie.

The 36-year-old husband and father of three died just two days before Christmas when his Randolph, Tennessee house caught fire.

Randall Alsbrook's wife Melanie says she's relying on God to get her through this tragedy.

The day after the fire, she walked back into her charred house.

There, she found snow angels - untouched by the fire - and an image of a heart on her bedroom wall.

"Just whenever I left the fire I thought I can't go on and about a mile down the road, a peace came over me," Melanie Alsbrook adds.

Since the fire, the family has received donations -- monetary and otherwise -- from all over the country.

The Alsbrook's lost most everything they had, including many Christmas presents. 

And they say they'll never be able to thank everyone who's offered to help. 

"I was laughing this morning because we've been putting up clothes and shoes.  I know they didn't have this many clothes before," says Randall Alsbrook's dad Gail.

And now as Randall Alsbrook's family tries to move on, they're relying on their family as well and new and old friends to get them through.

"We miss him, I miss him tremendously and life will never be the same as I know it.  But that's okay...I have a lot of good memories," adds Gail Alsbrook.

Funds are still open in Randall Alsbrooks' name at Patriot, Insouth Banks as well as Bancorp South.

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