Joey Carrington, middle, and his daughter Ada Grace present a check to Frances Butler to help rebuild her house after a September flood.
Joey Carrington, middle, and his daughter Ada Grace present a check to Frances Butler to help rebuild her house after a September flood.
MADISON — A 77-year-old cashier at the Hoy Road Chevron here has been overcome with joy after customers banded together to help her rebuild her home after heavy flooding a couple months ago. 

Frances Butler has lived in the same house in Pearl since 1991, but nothing prepared her for the downpour on Sept. 26. 

She said the rain kept falling and floodwaters eventually got into her house, destroying all the floors and much of the walls. 

“It’s never done that before,” she said. “I thought my house insurance would cover it — they laughed at me.”

One of her customers set up a GoFundMe account that has raised $2,770 of a $30,000 goal in 22 days. 

Marc McIntire was the one who created the account and detailed how defeated Butler was after the flood. 

“Late one night as I stopped by, Frances was crying out for help,” he said. “Frances explained that her home in Pearl had been flooded, and since she didn’t have flood insurance, she didn’t know what to do. She works day and night to make ends meet at the service station, but there is no way she can afford all of this.”

Joey Carrington, owner of Lawnscape Solutions in Madison, frequents the gas station for fuel. He heard of Butler’s situation and wanted to participate. So, he recently brought along his daughter, Ada Grace, to teach her about the act of giving before handing her a check to help rebuild. 

“You’re a good woman,” Carrington told Butler, “We appreciate you. Everybody loves you.”

Butler fought back tears, saying she appreciates all of her customers for being so kind to her over the years. 

“They take good care of me,” she said. “They’re always good to me on my birthday, on Christmas. This was just a freak of nature. I really appreciate this.”

Butler’s GoFundMe can be found by searching for Francis’ Flood.