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    Default Girlfriend killed by lightning minutes before proposal

    Talk about NOT ment to be...Very sad indeed

    http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=12608668

    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man was minutes from proposing to his girlfriend on a hike in Western North Carolina Friday when she was struck and killed by lightning.

    "Everything went black. I was spun 180 degrees, thrown several feet back. My legs turned to jelly. My shoes were smoking and the bottom of my feet felt like they were on fire," Richard Butler said.

    For a moment, he said he thought he was the only one hit by the
    bolt of lightning.
    However, it was his girlfriend Bethany Lott, 25, who took the direct hit. She was hiking just a few feet in front of him.

    "I crawled to her, rolled her over. They say she was gone automatically, but I tried CPR for probably 15 minutes," Butler says.
    He says they were nearly to the top of Max Patch Bald, a place Bethany was taking him for the first time.

    The bald is on Max Patch Mountain, 40 miles west of Asheville in the Pisgah National Forest. The Appalachian Trail crosses it.
    Friday was supposed to mark the beginning of the couple's life together. Butler had a ring and was planning to propose.

    "I picked that spot because she actually said she would like to get married there. She absolutely loved the outdoors. Her last words, about 30 seconds before it struck us, she turned to me and said, 'God baby, look at it. Isn't it beautiful?'"

    Butler says Lott loved nature and saw beauty in everything around her.
    He's struggling with her unexpected death, but says, "I've tried to be mad at God, but I can't do it. I feel like it is my obligation to her to be as happy as I can be and be as productive with the rest of my life as can be and do as much good as she would've done if she could have."

    Butler says after the lightning strike, a couple named Dean and Mary Farmer, from Knoxville rushed to help them at the risk of their own lives.
    After news reports, Butler was able thank them. At first, he only knew their first names.

    Butler's feet were still so swollen Monday, he had to cut off part of his tennis shoe.

    Services for Bethany Lott are planned for Tuesday at Coffey Funeral Home in New Tazewell. The family will receive friends from noon to 2:00 p.m.

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    Even if he may not believe it himself yet, it is unreal that this man can put such perspective on it all. Truly one of the saddest things I have ever read.

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    This story is truly shocking.
    A man could lose himself in a country like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    This story is truly shocking.
    beat me to it!
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    This story is truly shocking.
    and no pun reading...
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    and no pun reading...


    Sure.
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