UPDATE | Kentucky man debuts song to honor mom who died in house fire
A musician from eastern Kentucky lost his mom in a house fire in 2017. Now, he is honoring her life with a song and music video.
David Carroll, of Johnson County, reached out to WSAZ about his band's new song, "Those Pictures Mean A Whole Lot More These Days."
The bluegrass single is dedicated to his mother, Beatrice Carroll, 91, who died in a fire on March 23, 2017. It happened in 300 block of Patchwork Lane in the Rattlesnake Ridge area of Carter County. By the time fire crews made it to the scene, the house was already 90 percent destroyed.
"In the fire, nearly all of our family photos were lost along with most everything else from my childhood," Carroll told WSAZ. "Four months prior to mom's death, we spent mom's 91st birthday with her and thankfully took lots of cellphone pics, many of which I posted to Facebook."
One year after he posted those photos, they appeared again on his timeline as "Facebook Memories."
"Lots of folks commented, knowing the story, to which I simply commented, 'Yea..Those Pictures Mean A Whole Lot More These Days,'" said Carroll. "As a musician and song writer, I knew those words would become a song."
So he got to work with his band Hammertowne. The end result is the first single off of their fourth album. They posted the music video to YouTube Friday. You can watch it above.
A woman has died after a fire at home in Carter County early Thursday morning.
Beatrice Carroll, 91, died in the fire, her family tells WSAZ. The fire happened in 300 block of Patchwork Lane in the Rattlesnake Ridge area of Carter County.
Carroll's granddaughter, Cortnea Greene, says the family is at a loss and in disbelief that the woman she looked up to is now gone.
"This makes it surreal looking at it," Greene said.
Carroll lived just about 100 yards away from one of her sons, and he says she called him saying her couch was on fire. By the time he got to her house, though, the fire was already too intense.
By the time fire crews made it to the scene, the house was already 90 percent destroyed.
Now a place with so many memories, and a woman loved by many are gone.
"You just think about all the memories you had with her," Greene said. "I would come here and play. It was one of the best places ever."
Greene adds the tragedy has also been a lesson learned of how precious life is and what the next minute could bring,
"I wish I had more time to spend with her, and made more time," Greene said. "Life gets busy, but don't ever put something like this off. Go and make time, because you never know when it could be your last time, and I just love her and miss her."
There is no word on what caused the fire, but foul play is not suspected.