Lineman FaceTimed daughter, 4, to wish her goodnight while clearing Georgia tornado debris

Haunting photo shows doting dad lineman FaceTiming daughter, 4, to say goodnight while clearing Georgia tornado damage – moments before he was struck and killed by falling branch

  • Lineman Jesse Maxwell was one of the three to die Friday after tornadoes and storms tore through the North and Central Georgia Thursday and Friday 
  •  The 32-year-old powerline worker had been tasked with removing fallen trees to restore power to folks in his native Jasper County late Friday night
  •  Deployed to storm-ravaged community, set 60 miles from Atlanta, Maxwell is being mourned by his loved ones, who have been left ‘devastated’ by the loss
  • Posts from Maxwell’s widow, Hope, on social media show how her husband’s last minutes were spent talking to his youngest daughter before bedtime 

A father who died last week as storms overtook Georgia used his final moments to FaceTime his four-year-old daughter, photos and accounts from his family show.

Lineman Jesse Maxwell was one of the three to die Friday after tornadoes and storms tore through the northern central parts of the state, spurring a state of emergency and widespread tornado warnings.

The 32-year-old powerline worker had been tasked with removing fallen trees to restore power to folks in his native Jasper County, and died when a falling tree limb struck him in the back of the head, cops said.

Deployed to storm-ravaged community, set 60 miles from Atlanta, Maxwell is now being mourned by his loved ones – his wife, 11-year-old son, and three daughters, who have been left ‘devastated’ by the loss.

Posts from Maxwell’s widow, Hope, on social media show how her husband’s last minutes were spent talking to his youngest daughter before bedtime – something the youngster looked forward to during her father’s long shifts, the mom said.

A grab from lineman worker Jesse Maxwell's final Facetime call to daughter River, 4, is seen here. The 32-year-old died last week as storms overtook much of Georgia

A grab from lineman worker Jesse Maxwell’s final Facetime call to daughter River, 4, is seen here. The 32-year-old died last week as storms overtook much of Georgia

Deployed to storm-ravaged Jasper County, Maxwell is now being mourned by his loved ones - his wife Hope, 11-year-old Lucas, and three daughters - (from left) Lorynn, 7, Maddie, 6, and River - who have been left 'devastated' by the sudden loss

Deployed to storm-ravaged Jasper County, Maxwell is now being mourned by his loved ones – his wife Hope, 11-year-old Lucas, and three daughters – (from left) Lorynn, 7, Maddie, 6, and River – who have been left ‘devastated’ by the sudden loss

‘River isn’t use to not having her daddy home for bed time,’ Hope Maxwell posted Friday night, sharing a screengrab of the father and daughter’s final video call.

‘Of course she has to sleep in one of his shirts for bed tonight so they can match,’ the post goes on. 

‘Thank you for working so hard babe and for being so selfless.’

Posts wishing the family luck before news of Maxwell’s death surfaced can still be seen. 

Moments after hanging up, cops said, Maxwell met his fate, and was hit by a falling branch. The Maxwells would wake up the next day to hear the unimaginable. 

 Two others, a 5-year-old boy in nearby Butts County, and a state sanitation worker up north in Walker County, were also killed as a result of the tumultuous  storms.

'River isn¿t use to not having her daddy home for bed time,' Hope Maxwell posted Friday night, sharing details of the father and daughter's call, which came in his final moments, cops said

‘River isn’t use to not having her daddy home for bed time,’ Hope Maxwell posted Friday night, sharing details of the father and daughter’s call, which came in his final moments, cops said

On Saturday, once the news spread, the family released a statement expressing their heartbreak, remembering Maxell as ' an amazing father and husband' to his son and daughters

On Saturday, once the news spread, the family released a statement expressing their heartbreak, remembering Maxell as ‘ an amazing father and husband’ to his son and daughters

Maxwell's family said over the weekend that they are 'heartbroken and devastated' following the loss, as Maxwell was further remembered as 'a man of God' and 'amazing husband' by friends on social media.

Maxwell’s family said over the weekend that they are ‘heartbroken and devastated’ following the loss, as Maxwell was further remembered as ‘a man of God’ and ‘amazing husband’ by friends on social media.

On Saturday, once the news spread, the family released a statement expressing their heartbreak, remembering Maxell as ‘an amazing father and husband who led his family to Relevant Church in Locust Grove every Sunday.’

The post added that Maxwell loved hunting deer with his 11-year-old Lucas, but ‘was also an amazing girl dad to his three daughters’ – seven-year-old Lorynn, Maddie, 6, and youngest River.    

‘If he wasn’t coaching their softball games, he was always in the stands supporting his children,’ the tribute said.

The family has since set up a GoFundMe page to help offset funeral costs, and other expenses that will likely surface in the wake of the father-of-four's unexpected death

The family has since set up a GoFundMe page to help offset funeral costs, and other expenses that will likely surface in the wake of the father-of-four’s unexpected death

‘From throwing the ball in the yard, to doing art at the kitchen table, Jesse was there.’

The statement added that Maxwell had been a ‘devoted’ husband to wife Hope, and that he will be remembered fondly for ‘his love for her and their children.’

‘Jesse is best known for his bad jokes and always making people laugh,’ the family  wrote. ‘He loved his job and had a passion for helping people.’

The family has since set up a GoFundMe page to help offset funeral costs, and other expenses that will likely surface in the wake of the father-of-four’s unexpected death.

Photos from the Maxwells' social media show the family during happier times, with Maxwell seen in in the bulk of them, almost always with one or all of his children

Photos from the Maxwells’ social media show the family during happier times, with Maxwell seen in in the bulk of them, almost always with one or all of his children

Photos from the Maxwells’ social media show the family during happier times, with Maxwell seen in in the bulk of them, almost always with one or all of his children.

The images also show the family’s love for hunting, as well as their home on several acres of scenic farmland.

Maxwell’s family said over the weekend that they are ‘heartbroken’ following the loss, as Maxwell was further remembered as ‘a man of God’ and ‘amazing husband’ by friends on social media.

‘The love he had for them was truly one of a kind,’ one friend wrote in a Facebook post. ‘He was also a great friend & is already missed by so many.’

Lineman Jesse Maxwell was one of the three to die Friday after tornadoes and storms tore through the northern central parts of the state, causing widespread destruction

Lineman Jesse Maxwell was one of the three to die Friday after tornadoes and storms tore through the northern central parts of the state, causing widespread destruction 

The powerline worker was killed in his native Jasper County while trying to restore power to his community - but was hit from behind by a falling tree limb and killed

The powerline worker was killed in his native Jasper County while trying to restore power to his community – but was hit from behind by a falling tree limb and killed

Hope, meanwhile, added: ‘I need you more than you will ever know. But I know you are joking with Jesus. You will forever be my hero and I will love you until my last breath.’

The heartbreak comes  as severe storms moved through much of Georgia on Thursday, bringing with them tornadoes and high speed winds.

Most of the state was affected by the tempests, which in recent years have been increasingly common in the Peach State – a place not typically associated with tornadoes.

That said, tornadoes can occur in any part of the state during any time of the year, experts warn, and typically occur no more than six days out of the year.

The annual average of reported tornadoes, however, has grown over the decades, from 15 for the 20-year period of 1980-1999 to 20 for 2000-2019. 

Most of the state was affected by the tempests, which in recent years have been increasingly common in the Peach State - a place not typically associated with tornadoes.

Most of the state was affected by the tempests, which in recent years have been increasingly common in the Peach State – a place not typically associated with tornadoes.

Experts attribute a recent increase in tornado activity to a confluence of growing tornado activity and improved means to report them, including better technology and smartphones

Experts attribute a recent increase in tornado activity to a confluence of growing tornado activity and improved means to report them, including better technology and smartphones

Experts attribute the increase to a confluence of growing tornado activity and improved means to report them, including better technology and video-equipped smartphones. 

 Pam Knox, director of the University of Georgia Weather Network, warns that storms could pick up in the coming months, when tornadoes in Georgia are at their most common.

‘There’s really two peaks of when they’re the most likely, with the biggest in the spring, like the March through May period,’ Knox said. 

‘And then we have a secondary peak in the fall around November, which is just because of the way that the fronts are moving north and south in the United States.

Hope wrote of her husband Saturday: 'I need you more than you will ever know. But I know you are joking with Jesus. You will forever be my hero and I will love you until my last breath.'

Hope wrote of her husband Saturday: ‘I need you more than you will ever know. But I know you are joking with Jesus. You will forever be my hero and I will love you until my last breath.’

‘But we have had tornadoes every month of the year, and they’ve been deadly every month of the year.’

She warned ‘And it can also happen any time of day or night, although we tend to get more of them in the afternoon to evening just because we’ve had the heat of the day to really build up those storms.’   

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