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Fayette County residents pick up the pieces after tornado

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FAYETTE COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - It had all the signs of a tornado -- and now we know it was.

In Fayette County Saturday night, remnants from a barn came to rest in yards and in tree limbs -- blown in from miles away.

Charles Yoon's not only lost his barn..

"I've got metal probably three or four miles down the road there."

The main barn was 40 feet wide and 120 feet long.

Yoon lost thousands of dollars in equipment, supplies and shelter for his hay.

The massive pecan tree in his yard was ripped from the roots.

But the tornado spared his home and his family.

Belmont Methodist church has been in Claire Marshall's family for decades. "Seeing this devastation just breaks my heart," Marshall said.

The tornado picked it up and let it go yards from the foundation and shattered tombstones at the adjacent cemetery.

"I'm heartbroken, absolutely heartbroken," Marshall said.

The steps to the church lead to nowhere.

The family meets here once a year for services.

Their annual homecoming was to be next Sunday -- but Mother nature's fury had other plans.

"We do respect Mother Nature above all -- because after all this is just a building, God is in our hearts."

And in the hearts of volunteers helping a broken community put back the pieces.

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