Fruithurst community holds prayer vigil for local family
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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Mourners gathered Sunday at Fruithurst Baptist Church for a prayer vigil and singing for the Amos family. The family lost two children, ages 3 and 6, in a house fire Thursday morning. (Photo by Shannon Tucker/The Anniston Star)
Mourners gathered Sunday at Fruithurst Baptist Church for a prayer vigil and singing for the Amos family. The family lost two children, ages 3 and 6, in a house fire Thursday morning. (Photo by Shannon Tucker/The Anniston Star)
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FRUITHURST — The Fruithurst family of two children who died from a house fire Thursday are suffering.

But they're not suffering alone.

More than 200 area residents turned out at Fruithurst Baptist Church Sunday evening for a prayer vigil to support Tommy and Bridget Amos. The family's two youngest children, Brendan Clayton, 6 and Tristin Amos, 3, died from injuries sustained in a house fire on the 17000 block of U.S. 78 Thursday.

The small church was packed wall-to-wall with visitors, some of whom were from the community; others from nearby churches. Visiting preachers offered prayers while small groups provided songs of worship and comfort. About halfway through the vigil, the church collected offerings of money for the family.

Visitors Kristie Smith and Donterrius Prothro said they knew Bridget from when she worked with them at a nearby BP service station.

"They were all very loving," Prothro said of the Amos family. "And she (Bridget) has got a big heart ... she'd give you the shirt off her back."

Smith said Bridget's love for her children is absolute.

"All she ever put on her Facebook page was pictures of her kids," Smith said.

Sitting a couple of pews down from Smith and Prothro was Robert Murphy, who said he came because his son knows the Amos' 16-year-old daughter Destiny, who was not injured in the blaze.

"They were close," Murphy said of the Amos family.

Murphy said he grew up in Fruithurst and was not surprised by the outpouring of support for the grieving family.

"This community has always been this way," he said. "It's phenomenal."

Guest preacher Sonny Martin prayed for the family before offering words of comfort and support.

"This is about the strength the Lord is going to give this community and this family," Martin said. "I want to share with you hope ... I want to let that family know their children are at home in heaven. This isn't a goodbye, it's an I'll see you later."

Support for the Amos family will continue at a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at Fruithurst Baptist Church. There will be food, auctions and other fundraising events, all the proceeds of which will go to the Amos family.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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