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Drowning Victim Had McKenzie Ties

Drowning Victim Had McKenzie Ties

Funeral services for a Henry County woman, who lost her life during flash flooding at Cummins Fall State Park last week, were Tuesday, July 11 at Ridgeway Funeral Home, Paris.

Peggy McDaniel,73, was a former LPN for McKenzie Medical Center and Dr. Volker Winkler.

Approximately 40 persons were rescued from the water during the ordeal. McDaniel and other family members were trapped when a rush of water hit early Wednesday afternoon. McDaniel was reportedly with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren and trying to walk across the creek when they lost grip on McDaniel.

Rescue and recovery teams combed the area. The recovery ended a three-day search at the

Peggy McDaniel popular waterfall and swimming hole.

Emergency officials said the body of McDaniel, was spotted by a helicopter pilot about 2:45 p.m. Friday. Search crews were able to recover her about two hours later from the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River near Cookeville, about 100 miles east of Nashville, according to The Tennessean newspaper.

To add to the tragedy, the body of Lisa Michelle Tufts-Hillian also was recovered Thursday. Tufts-Hillian had heard about the search for McDaniel and went there to help and was swept away in the rushing water.

Bradford High School Principal Shane Paschall, McDaniel’s son, Shane’s wife, Monica, and other family members were stranded and rescued.

She was born April 17, 1944, in Paris, to the late Hallie Howard Weaks and the late Ona Mai Wilson Weaks Pflueger.

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