SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Richard and Edna Cox consider themselves lucky. They survived a tornado that killed a number of their friends and loved ones.
Richard would lose a brother who lived just across the street.
He longs for the day when more people will rebuild as they have.
"It looks more like a desert than it does a town but there has got to be a start to everything. I think two years it's really come a long way," Richard Cox said.
"People are just building back gradually. It's going to take a while, but the town is looking good and our school is beautiful," Edna Cox said.
While these very determined people stay on pace to build back a town, no one will forget those who lost their lives in a matter of seconds April 27th, 2011.
Dottie Daniel remembers those anxious few hours not knowing what had become of her family.
"I didn't know if they were alive or dead, so it was really hard and it's still hard," Daniel said.
Lauren Knight and her family went below ground as the tornado approached. Sixteen people who lived all around her would be killed.
"We looked out and it was just all gone and then I just grabbed my babies and it was like one month later before I could come back. We thank God for watching over us. Material things can be replaced," Knight said.
"You know, we're just going to have to go on and let it go and go on and live, I guess," Daniel added.