Deacon takes action after tree falls on Virginia Beach woman’s van

Posted at 7:47 PM, Jul 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-02 19:47:36-04

A strong line of storms Friday night sent a tree crashing onto Johanna Jones van in the Kempsville section of Virginia Beach.

Jones' son woke her up with the bad news. 

"He said that a tree had fallen on my car. So I'm like, 'Okay it better have been a real tree because it's like 12:45 at night,'" Jones commented.

A part of the maple tree fell onto Jones' van, covering it almost entirely.

"You could only see the front part sticking out," Jones said.

The tree remained on the van for the weekend, as she didn't have the time or resources to remove it.

It wasn't until Sunday when Jones was working a picnic at Kempsville Baptist Church, where she works, that she happened to show a photo of the van with the tree damage to Deacon Hub Lovelace.

"I showed him the picture and he said 'Oh my gosh where is your car," Jones said.

Lovelace took action, going over to her house and with the help of Jones son, cut the tree off the van.

"He went over there in his church clothes and helped my son cut the branches off of the tree so that I could free my van," Jones explained.

Once the van was free, Jones was shocked at how little damage had been done to the van she calls Betsy.

"Dings and dents and some scratches and Betsy keeps on rolling. You know I got in her and she was driving fine!" Jones said.

The tree crashing on the van was just the latest bad news Jones has dealt with. Her mother died of cancer in April 2011 and her father lost his battle with leukemia at the end of May.

"It's been a really wild year with a lot of things going on, but I can say that through it all I've seen so many people that have just rallied around me and tried to help me through all of this trouble," Jones explained.