Saved by the Anchor campaign remembers Tom Followwill
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
It has been nearly two years since Thomas Followwill lost his life during a boating accident on Aug. 16, 2018, but Tom is far from forgotten. His memory remains steadfast in those who knew him and the work of his family’s “Saved by the Anchor” campaign.
Tom’s parents live south of Cuero off US Highway 87 in DeWitt County.
Only 22 at the time of his passing, Tom Followwill was in Port O’Connor doing one of the things he loved most: fishing. He had secured his boat with a power pole, but when the tide shifted, the boat began to move and floated away.
Tom chose to swim after the boat and tragically drowned that day. Since then, his mother, Kim Followwill, and family have started “Saved by the Anchor” to spread this message of the importance of putting down an anchor.
“It is in tribute to my son,” Kim Followwill said.
Even being physically fit following many years of soccer growing up, Tom was unable to reach the boat. Fifteen friends of the Followwill scoured the water on boats searching for him. Two days later, the Coast Guard recovered his body.
Not only does “Saved by the Anchor” reflect their mission of putting down a physical anchor while in a boat, but it also represents their anchor in Jesus Christ.
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