Neighbors remember Russellville man killed by lightning strike

The Sorrells describe Al Frazier as a friendly neighbor always willing to help out

Family, friends and neighbors are mourning the loss of 67-year-old Al Frazier, who died after being struck by lightning in Russellville Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at 1:30 p.m. along the 1500 block of Lands End Point South.

Beth Sorrells, who lives up the street from the Frazier family, recalls the moment when she sensed something was wrong.

“Just here inside my house and heard a terrible bolt of lightning and next thing I knew, sirens going down the street,” she said.

The Pope County Coroner said lightning impacted a tree, also inflicting Frazier, who according to neighbors, was putting down fresh mulch outside his residence.

According to Russellville Fire officials, medics detected a pulse but it wasn’t enough to sustain life.

Frazier died at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

“It could have been anybody walking out to their mailbox that day,” Sorrells said. “You just don’t hear of people getting struck by lightning that often and so it’s very sobering and it makes you in awe in the power of nature and the power of God.”

The Sorrells family remember Frazier as an all-around wonderful human being. He was a friendly neighbor always willing to help out.

“You’re working out here in your yard and you have something going on, he’d always come down here and pitch in or – just his business himself, he was in the service industry so he was just one of those kind of guys that really wanted to help and you could always count on Al,” said Beth’s husband, Jamie.

The National Weather Service has recorded 9 lightning-linked fatalities in 2018. Friday’s event marks the second lightning death in Arkansas this year.

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