By Danza Johnson
CORINTH – Wyvil and Therese Sartain lost several things that can never be replaced when Hurricane Katrina destroyed their Ocean Springs home in 2005.
But after wandering around after the storm, looking for a place to call home, the couple blew into a familiar place for Wyvil.
The couple chose Corinth and have been here since 2005. The Sartains even live in an exact replica of the home they lost in the storm.
“Our home was completely destroyed,” said Therese. “And we loved that home. We basically had 45 years of marriage wash out into the Gulf. Pictures, souvenirs from our world travels, everything was gone.”
With a daughter in Pennsylvania and a son in Georgia, the couple didn’t know where they were going to end up. But Wyvil had some strong ties to Northeast Mississippi. He was born in Belmont and spent most of his young life in Corinth where he graduated from high school in 1955. Also, Therese said the couple’s two sons are buried in Corinth and they too have burial plots there.
“It just feels like home,” said Therese. “We knew we didn’t want to move north. We wanted to stay in the South. We moved to Ocean Springs in 1999 and decided to make it our retirement home. It was painful to watch it destroyed. But luckily we got the floor plan from that house and had it built here. So Corinth is home and we love being here.”
DANZA JOHNSON / NEMS Daily Journal