Tyler County experienced a very tragic January with the deaths of three people, including a young boy.
David Weekley of Pennsboro died in an automobile accident on Jan. 8 on W.Va. Route 2 on the outskirts of Sistersville.
Hunter D. Osborn of Jane Lew sustained injuries at a well pad site near Middlebourne on Jan. 12, was taken via medical helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
Nine-year-old Hunter Wiley died in a fire on Jan. 24 at his family's home outside Middlebourne.
During the past week, the Tyler community banded together to provide thousands of dollars in assistance and support for the boy's family.
In the wake of such tragic events, it is natural to reflect on one's faith. Sistersville United Methodist Church Pastor Tim Kelley said that no matter what, God's love endures.
"May we be reminded God's love endures forever in the midst of all that life throws at us, and that nothing can separate us from God's love," he said.
The community's concern, not only for the local boy but for people from out-of-town, speaks volumes about the Tyler County's character. In some places - larger cities maybe - few people would pay notice to another death because they've become so desensitized to everything but the most horrific acts that play out across the national headlines.
Tyler County still values the individual, family and the faith needed not only to endure grief, but to unite as a community to support anyone in the face of a tragedy.